Toto Helebe Retains His South African Title


By Sinethemba Mandyoli    18-Apr-2018 12:21 UTC+02:00

In a one sided contest that was characterised by excessive holding from the challenger, Toto Helebe retained his title by Unanimous decision against Mbuelo Dyani.

The fully packed East London crowd showed their disappointment in Helebe when he did not knock out Dyani as promised.

The fight took place on 08 April 2018 under the Rumble Africa of Terris Ntuthu. Dyani was holding and in earlier rounds was deducted a point for doing so but the referee failed to disqualify him.

Dyani was also attended by the doctor during the match as he had suffered a cut in the accidental head clash. Head clashes between a southpaw and an orthodox boxer are things that are usually expected.

Helebe was showing frustration in later rounds and came strongly with blows to the body while Dyani was scoring with a counter left.

After the fight Helebe has shown eagerness to fight in the super bantamweight division since there is little competition in the Bantamweights.

When asked about vacating his title, he made it clear that he intends defending the title at least twice in a year while he also campaigns in a higher division internationally.

The judges scored the fight as follows 113_114, 110-117, 113-114 all in favour of Toto Helebe. His record now stands at 19 Wins and 7 loses.


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