South African welterweight champion Thulani Mbenge returned to action after being out for one year, to stop Idda Pialari from Tanzania at 1:54 into the second round at The Gallery in Sandton, Johannesburg, on Thursday night.
In the opening round both fighters came out swinging wildly with Mbenge possibly doing enough to shade the round.
However, in round two Mbenge (66.65kg) settled down and using his jab he sent stinging blows to the head body of the southpaw Pialari (65.35kg) before he was backed up against the ropes and not fighting back when the referee Thabo Spampool stepped in to wave the fight off.
The fight was scheduled for ten rounds.
Mbenge, 31, improved his record to 19-1, 14 KOs, and the 28-year-old Pialari’s reported record dropped to 30-8-1, 21 KOs.