On Friday night, October 23, in Polokwane, South Africa, two new World Boxing Federation (WBF) International champions were crowned. One was victorious in highly entertaining fashion, while the other had to settle for a somewhat lukewarm ending.
Frans Rambola, taking part in only his sixth professional bout but already his third title-fight, scored a unanimous decision over fellow undefeated Stanis Apano to lift the vacant WBF International Super Welterweight title after twelve grueling rounds.
With both boxers possessing considerable power, they went all out from the start and tried their best to get the other man out of there before the final bell. However, the fight went to the cards with a capacity crowd on their feet, cheering the fighters on throughout the action-packed affair.
Judges Phumeza Zinakile, Siya Mani and Ben Ncapayi all had Rambola, who goes to 6-0 (2), winning the fight by scores of 117-112, 116-112 and 117-111 respectively, but South Africa-based Congolese Stanis Apanu (now 11-1, 9 KOs), did himself proud. Referee was Simon Mokadi.
In the co main event, Cleutus “Pac-Man” Mbele took home the vacant WBF International Bantamweight title by technical knockout, when his opponent Mxolisi Nombewu dislocated his shoulder in the second round and was rushed to hospital.
It was not the manner in which he had hoped to win, but Mbele improved his record to 14-8-4 (7), while the unfortunate Nombewu drops to 11-7 (6).