MUNYAI RETAINS HIS FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE
By: Neo Goba
South African boxer, Tshifhiwa Munyai, retained his World Boxing Association (WBA) Pan African junior featherweight title when he defeated Ghanaian, Emmanual Quartey, at the Katikati Hall in the Eastern Cape on Saturday.
Quartey showed that he was prepared for this fight in the opening stages as he landed a few jabs onto Munyai’s body, causing him to go down in the fourth round after ‘slipping” as referee Wally Snowball ruled it. Munyai got back to his feet, fought back and he looked better as the fight continued.
The Ghanaian also did not lose focus as he landed an uppercut knocking down the champion nn the same round.
Indeed it was a slip as the Atomic Spider regained his confidence and composure. As the towering champion kept battering Quartey, it was clear that the Ghanaian was slowly losing the fight.
In the sixth round, Munyai stagered Quartey with a big right hand to the head and was all over him in the seventh and eighth rounds with a rain of counter punches that had him bouncing on and off the ropes.
Eventually in the 9th round, Munyai let fly a number of punches which left Snowball with no choice but to stop the fight. Quartey physically looked unfit to fight any further and was getting a whipping.
However, this raised questions to his personal trainer whether Quartey was really in no state of continuing. They regarded the referee as being “premature”.