South Africa’s Azinga Fuzile produced another outstanding performance as he threw punches with gusto to win the vacant IBF Intercontinental junior-lightweight title when Tanzanian Ibrahim Class quit on his stool at the end of round six in a scheduled twelve at the Orient Theatre in East London on Sunday afternoon.
Fuzile has had an outstanding 2018, winning all four fights inside the distance, against Immanuel Andeleki (ko 1), Waidi Uman (tko 8), Malcolm Klassen (TKO 4) and now Class.
Fuzile was in control from the opening bell but the dreadlocked Class showed courage as he tried to counter the classy South African who scored with stinging right and left southpaw shots to the head and body.
Class was sent down with a big left hand in the sixth round, but he beat the count and held on as Fuzile punished him with rights and lefts to the end of the round, and it was a completely beaten fighter whose corner decided not to let him come out for the seventh round.
Fuzile improves his record to 13-0; 8 and Class’s reported record dropped to 22-5; 10.
Fuzile is ranked at No. 10 by the IBO and Class at No.38, with the South African listed at No. 9 by the IBF and at No. 17 by the WBC.
XOLISA MAGUSHA RETAINS SA TITLE
In the main supporting bout, South African minimumweight champion, southpaw Xolisa Magusha retained his title on a majority point’s decision over Siphamandla Baleni.The scores were 116-113 and 115-113 for Magusha and 116-114 for Baleni.
Other results: Luyanda Ntwanambi, W pts 10, Adam Mbega (WBO Youth flyweight title); Junior featherweight: Ayabonga Sonjica , W tko 5, Luthando Mbumbulwana.The tournament was presented by Rumble Africa Promotions.