‘The Scor­pion’ stings with KO

Post - - Sport - KAM­LESH GOSAI

WITH a solid right punch, Chatsworth boxer Jaden Matthew is back on track in his mis­sion to dom­i­nate the provin­cial and na­tional box­ing scene.

“The Scor­pion” more than stung his op­po­nent, Petrus Cil­liers, in a box­ing event or­gan­ised by the KwaZulu-Natal Depart­ment of Sport and Re­cre­ation at the Olive Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Dur­ban at the week­end. Matthew landed a knock­out blow to the Richards Bay de­but fighter in the open­ing round of a sched­uled six-round con­test.

The re­sult im­proved the top- ranked KwaZulu- Natal pro­fes­sional boxer’s ju­nior heavy­weight record to five wins, two draws and a loss. This vic­tory was his third by way of a knock­out, which could mark him as a threat to the con­tenders for the va­cant na­tional crown.

“It was dis­ap­point­ing on the one hand not to get more ring time, but on the other hand the KO counts a lot so I’ll take it. It felt good to get a vic­tory in my come-back fight af­ter a loss. We worked hard for about a month, so it felt good,” said Matthew fol­low­ing Satur­day’s out­ing.

“The way we planned it was to be pa­tient, see what style he comes with, but if an open­ing comes up then to go for it. That’s how it worked and I’m very happy.”

Gaut­eng pugilist Johnny Muller is the top-ranked ju­nior heavy in the coun­try, with the Arena Park plumber in sec­ond spot. How­ever the 28-year-old is in no hurry to chase the na­tional ti­tle yet. He first wants to get a few more fights un­der his belt to be in a po­si­tion to match Muller, who has about 30 pro fights to his name.

“The KZN ti­tle is also va­cant so first I’ll look for an op­por­tu­nity to fight for the provin­cial ti­tle. If I can get some­one, then I would like to go for it, even if it’s next month. KZN comes first, be­cause ev­ery­thing must be one step at a time.

“When I fight for the na­tional ti­tle, I want to be ready and well ex­pe­ri­enced, so that I can go for a win. Those are the two goals I’m work­ing to­wards – the provin­cial belt and then the South African ti­tle,” added Matthew.

Mean­while his sta­ble­mate, fel­low Chatsworth res­i­dent Marc Subra­money, must bide his time for ring ac­tion af­ter his heavy­weight fight on the same bill was scrapped. Subra­money’s op­po­nent re­port­edly with­drew the day be­fore the weigh-in.

Chatsworth fighter Jaden Matthew’s ju­nior heavy­weight quest is back on track af­ter he won his lat­est bout by first round knock­out at the week­end.

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