South African cruiserweight Johnny Muller may well be feeling a little embarrassed when reflecting on his win over Mateusz Masternak after scoring a split decision victory on Saturday night in Gauteng.
Muller was dropped twice in the fight, once in the fifth and again in the seventh, although still somehow managed to come away with a 95-93 triumph on two of the judges’ scorecards.
A third had it the other way for Masternak, which could easily have been more, and calls have already been made by the Pole’s promoters Sauerland for an immediate rematch.
Even Muller’s own handler Rodney Berman called the result ’embarrassing’ and will almost certainly want the pair to meet again in the very near future.
In the co-feature, Xolisani Ndongeni gained a majority decision win over Mzonke Fana in another questionable result to stay undefeated, whilst Thomas Oosthuizen had no trouble beating Robert Berridge over twelve rounds.
Oosthuizen lost his IBO light heavyweight title on the scales on Friday for coming in just over a pound over the limit and Berridge missed out on claiming the vacant belt when losing 117-111, 116-112 (twice) on the cards.
Earlier, the man Berman calls ‘the new GGG,’ Roman Zhailauov took just 154 seconds to stop Luyanda Jako and move to 15-0 with a ninth knockout.