Mok­wana brings Fana’s reign to a halt

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Thomp­son Mok­wana was de­lighted on Fri­day af­ter bring­ing Mzonke Fana’s reign as SA light­weight cham­pion to an end.

He said that he would not give Fana a re­match be­cause this would be a “waste of time”.

The 32-year-old for­mer two-time na­tional cham­pion re­gained his ti­tle af­ter em­phat­i­cally de­thron­ing the “The Rose of Khayelit­sha” by a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion in a grip­ping clash.

The Lim­popo-based fighter ren­dered the more ex­pe­ri­enced Fana in­ef­fec­tive for the du­ra­tion of the bout, scor­ing with great body shots through­out the night. The judges scored the bout 116-111, 118109 and 118-109 in his favour.

An ec­static Mok­wana, who held the same crown on two oc­ca­sions be­fore los­ing to Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndon­geni in 2014, said: “I think it would be point­less for me to give Mzonke a re­match con­sid­er­ing that I will have noth­ing more to prove be­cause I be­lieve this will not serve any pur­pose in my ca­reer. He has been long in the ring and talk­ing too much about beat­ing me.”

Mok­wana, who trains in Jo­han­nes­burg with Shaun Smith, is con­sid­er­ing mak­ing a manda­tory de­fence against num­ber one con­tender Prince Dlomo of Kwa-Zulu-Na­tal.

“Prince is a good boxer whom I be­lieve will give a good match. I would like to beat him first and chal­lenge for the world ti­tle in the next two months.

“Whether this will be for the World Box­ing Organisation or a World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion ti­tles, we will see be­cause we still need to sit down and dis­cuss our next move,” he said.

The van­quished Fana said he would sit down with his camp this week to talk about his fu­ture. His record reads 38-13 in 51 bouts.

“This has been a long route and we will ob­vi­ously look at whether I should con­sider con­tin­u­ing or re­tire. This guy was too good for me. He un­set­tled me with good shots for the en­tire 12 rounds,” Fana said.

It will be in the best in­ter­ests of the 43-year-old Fana to call it a day as he seems to have noth­ing more left to of­fer in box­ing and he has suf­fered three con­sec­u­tive de­feats.


PUMMELLING Thomp­son Mok­wana beat Mzonke Fana to be crowned the new SA light­weight champ on Fri­day

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