Shitana shines against Moyo

Kasleb Shitana (left) in action against Mduduzi Moyo. Photo: Helge Schütz

Kaleb Shitana won his fourth successive professional fight when he beat Mduduzi Moyo of Zimbabwe on a fourth round technical knockout on Saturday evening. 

The upcoming cruiserweight boxer dominated the fight from the start, as he wore Moyo down with some strong combinations from the opening round. 

By the second round the Zimbabwean was holding on, trying to slow the tempo down, and by the end of the third round, Shitana was well in control, as he landed some heavy shots to the head. 

The end came swiftly in the fourth round when Shitana knocked a defenceless Moyo against the ropes, before the referee stepped in and stopped the fight after only 43 seconds of the round.

It was Shitana’s fourth consecutive professional victory, while Moyo’s record dropped down to three wins and three losses.

It was the main fight of a well-attended Kinda Promotions bonanza at Wanderers Hall, that saw a total of eight fights on the night. 

In the main supporting bout, Jonathan Kasheeta beat Ndamonako Andreas on a unanimous points decision over four rounds in a flyweight fight. 

Kasheeta impressed with his quick hand speed from the start, building up a solid points lead, to comfortably win the fight 40-36 on all three judges’ score cards.

Kasheeta now has a pro record of three wins and one draw, while it was a losing debut fight for Andreas. 

In a welterweight fight, Robert Ndalelwa beat Fillimon Ndumbu on a first round TKO. 

Ndumbu went down from a low blow after two minutes 38 seconds of the first round, and after a lenghty delay decided he could not continue. The fight was originally declared as a no-contest draw, but later during the evening’s proceedings, the verdict was changed to a first round TKO victory for Ndalelwa, who now has a record of three wins and one loss, while it was Ndumbu’s pro debut.

In a super lightweight fight over four rounds, Joseph Ampeya beat Martin Kampulu on a unanimous points decision.

Ampeya already knocked Kampulu down to the canvas in the first round and went on to win comfortably on points after four rounds, with the three judges scoring it 39-36, 39-36, 40-35 in his favour. 

In a super lightweight fight, Petrus Salom beat Johannes Heita on the third round TKO, after Heita’s corner threw in the towel. 

Salom landed some strong body shots in the first round, while he nearly sent Heita to the canvas in the second with another barrage of blows. Heita managed to see out the round, but the end came soon in the third round, when Heita’s corner threw in the towel after one minute and two seconds.

Salom now has a record of four wins and one draw, while it was Heita’s debut fight. 

Sakaria Kennedy, meanwhile, made a winning professional debut when he beat Reinhold Matheus on a unanimous points decision over four rounds in a super lightweight fight, with all three judges scoring it 40-36 in his favour. 

Matheus’ record drops down to four losses and one win. 

In a bantamweight fight over four rounds, Phillipus Matheus made a winning start in his pro debut after beating Nelson Malanga on a unanimous points decision, with the judges scoring it 38-37, 38-37, 40-35 in his favour.

It was Malanga’s first defeat in two pro fights.

In a featherweight fight over four rounds, between two boxers who were both making their pro debuts, Paulus Benny beat Samwel Mwatumbunge on a unanimous points decision. 

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