Ramagole feels Seforo got home-town call
Two judges’ scoring slated in Thabang’s failed title bid
Trainer Lehlohonolo Ramagole is livid at what he dubbed as the trend in boxing where judges ensure that boxers who fight in a tournament staged by their promoter must win, unless they get knocked out.
He was reacting to the scoring of a Gauteng junior flyweight championship between champion Mpho Seforo and Thabang Ramagole, the trainer’s brother, in Kagiso on the West Rand.
The fight on Saturday, which local boy Seforo won by a unanimous points decision after 10 rounds, was staged by Team Dida Promotions of Meme Dipheko, the wife of Seforo’s trainer, Pius Dipheko.
The trainer said the margins from two judges left much to be desired. Their scorecards read 90-98, while their colleague scored the fight 95-93.
“The two scores were ludicrous and misleading,” said Ramagole yesterday.
“Only one judge made a sober judgment, which actually gave a true reflection of [the fight].
“Some local people in Kagiso questioned the margins because they said the fight was close until Mpho dropped Thabang for a count.”
In the main bout in Kagiso, Thato Bonokoane laboured to a points win over 12 rounds against Luthando Mbumbulwana for the WBF Africa junior featherweight belt.