Kupula gets up from canvas to beat Mokwana

Raymond Kupula and Thompson Mokwana.

Raymond Kupula got off the canvas to dominate Thompson Mokwana in a six round junior welterweight fight at Turffontein Racecourse, on Sunday.

Kupula’s first fight since 2018 started off with problems when a Mokwana right hand sent him to the floor. The fighter from the Democratic Republic of Congo seemed to be in trouble but he managed to recover.

After that first round he took control as he landed the cleaner punches and won comfortably.

The judges, however, had the fight a lot closer than it appeared to most of the crowd. Kupula won by a split decision with Nevill Hotz and Simon Mokadi scoring it 57-56 in his favour and Thabo Spampool having it at 58-55 for Mokwana.

The co-main event saw Joshua Studdard making a comeback after last fighting in 2017. He beat Saul Hlungwane by a split decision.

Despite the win, Studdard’s performance showed that he had not been in the ring for a long time as he was stretched and at times looked tired during the six round bantamweight contest.

Hlungwane piled on the pressure as a lot of Studdard’s punches did not seem to bother him. He was throwing a lot of punches while Studdard seemed to be fighting in spurts.

Two judges had Studdard winning 58-55 while one had it 57-56 for Hlungwane.

Other results from the tournament are as follows:

  • Lufuno Mutshayi drew with Nosiacwase Dube in a junior featherweight fight.
  • Shone van Schalkwyk beat Sando Jackson by a second round technical knockout in their lightweight bout.
  • Abel Ndaba beat Masanda Mavumengwana by a fourth round technical knockout in their bantamweight fight.
  • Lybon Ntshani drew Kalele Kadumbu in their welterweight fight.

*The fight between Matshidiso Mokebisi and Muleba Raider did not happen as the latter fell ill on Sunday morning.