Mthalane Retains IBO Belt
By Ron Jackson
South Africa's Moruti Mthalane came back from 13 months of inactivity to stop Filipino Renz Rosia in the ninth round to retain his IBO flyweight belt at the Olive Convention Centre in Durban on Saturday night. Mthalane who was defending the belt for the second time dominated the fight from the first round as he fought from behind his tight defence and educated left jab. The southpaw Rosia who is ranked at number fourteen by the IBO never got into the fight and after taking a battering throughout, his corner decided not let him come out for the bell at the start of the tenth round.
Mthalane a former South Africa flyweight champion won the IBF flyweight belt in April 2009 and made four successful defences before relinquishing it in January 2014. He then joined the select band of South African fighters who have won two world titles when he beat Jether Oliva on March 5 2014 for the vacant IBO flyweight belt and made a successful defence against Odilon Zaleta on October 26.
In April 2014 Rosia put up a creditable performance against South Africa’ Makazole Tete in East London, losing on a majority decision, but he proved no match for the talented Mthalane.
The 33-year-old Mthalane improves his record to 32-2.