Ra­m­agole feels Se­foro got home-town call

Two judges’ scor­ing slated in Tha­bang’s failed ti­tle bid

Sowetan - - Sport - By Bon­gani Ma­gasela

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.

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