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March 2nd 2011
Muller gets the business done
SA champion Johnny Muller, left, and Roedolf Venter, pictured days before their nine-round thriller, won via ninth round TKO by Muller

SA champion Johnny Muller, left, and Roedolf Venter, pictured days before their nine-round thriller, won via ninth round TKO by Muller

It was billed as the Night of the Young Guns and Johnny Muller dutifully pulled the trigger in the ninth round, dismantling game Roedolf Venter in the first defence of his SA light-heavyweight title at Emperors Palace on Tuesday night.

Venter had given Muller all he could handle in the torrid preceding rounds, but Muller’s greater workrate and superior size told in the end as he dismantled the challenger’s brave bid.

It was a wild affair, with Muller showing a tendency to lose focus, while Venter cracked him nicely with overhand rights. Trouble was, he wasn’t busy enough to hurt Muller, who seldom put a foot backwards.

Venter gave as good as he got, but a sign of things to come was evident in the fourth round when he was clipped with a short right hand that dropped him. He got up quickly enough and the pace of the fight simply amplified after that.

Venter’s ambition was superb, but so was Muller’s determination. He took a couple of shots to land even more, his power finally taking over in the ninth when he put Venter down with a bodyshot. The challenger complained of a leg injury, but his real injury was to the body where Muller’s power told in supreme fashion.

Just 20, he will no doubt improve and harness more fans with his crowd-pleasing style.

Earlier, Joey Stiglingh was in fine form as he dominated Sam Sethole in a lightweight bout. Notwithstanding poor refereeing, Stiglingh had Sethole down twice in the third before matters were brought to a halt in the fourth.

Heavyweight Zack Mwekassa was another inside-the-distance winner as he overwhelmed brave but limited Epiphane Pipi on his way to a fourth round TKO. Showing good skills and a vicious body attack, Mwekassa was barely troubled.

At lightweight, Warren Joubert had to be satisfied with another draw against Takalani Dengala – this time of the technical variety – when he suffered a deep cut on his forehead that forced a halt to the fight in the third.

In earlier action, Ronnie Chiloane drew with Morne Bothma in a bantamweight bout, while welterweight Bongo Lipembo scored a third round TKO against Godfrey Mabunda.

22 Responses to “Muller gets the business done”

  1. March 02, 2011 at 11:51 am, nomercy said:

    I don’t believe that is what happened, the fight was very close as none of them had any work rate, more rudolf than johnny, but johnny hit roedolf with a knee in the ninth and that ended a kinda dissipointing fight! I had johnny behind by 1 point with his knock down in the 4th, as none of his punches were landing on roedolf!
    But that’s boxing!
    Well done Johnny Muller on your defence, we’ll have to wait to see who steps up to challenge you as there are very little real competition for you out there.

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  2. March 02, 2011 at 12:31 pm, Adam said:

    Well done to young Muller. It was touch and go at some stages.

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  3. March 02, 2011 at 12:54 pm, Eckard said:

    Thanks for a great evening GGP. Congrats Johnny.

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  4. March 02, 2011 at 2:43 pm, Jono B said:

    Young Johnny is a power house for sure.
    He will be SA champ for a long time until he meets the “Golden Boy” for a bigger title shot.

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  5. March 02, 2011 at 7:37 pm, Uppercut said:

    If you read this article it looks like Venter wasn’t even in the fight.Now I wonder way two of the judges had the fight a draw and one judge Venter ahead by one point at the end of the 8th round.Venter box Johnny pound for pound,and shown every one he can take what Johnny throws at him.
    Venter could be very proud of himself .Johnny never knocked Venter done in the 9th round,but lets leave it there and wait for the rematch .I think who ever wrote this article only looked at Johnny and nothing else ,At the end of all well done Johnny .
    Joey Stiglingh well done but please BSA get rid of that referee ,we do not need that kind of refereeing in S.A boxing
    Zack Mwekassa well done but who bought Pipi record,He was introduce at 8 fights 2losses 6 wins all wins by way of KO.meantime he cot 1 win and 3 losses.Is this the type of fighters we going to get to fight Zack,what a joke.

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  6. March 03, 2011 at 12:33 pm, Tanya said:

    This was a close one. Very good match for young Johnny. Johnny knocked him down in the 4th fair and square and I think he got a little over exited and kept on hitting. Not Johnny’s usual style. Venter landed some great punches but it didn’t do any real harm and one thing is for sure, Johnny can take a punch.

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  7. March 03, 2011 at 12:35 pm, Martin said:

    Not a disappointing fight at all, both fighters shown good skill and hunger for the title. Well done to both of them. Venter is a very good boxer but Johnny is just too strong at this stage.

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  8. March 03, 2011 at 12:38 pm, willie said:

    Never been much of a Muller fan but this young lad showed that he is not prepared to give up his title any time soon. Venter to me had a better working rate but Muller is very strong and it didn’t look like Venter’s blows even moved him. He will box and fight anyone to stay on top.

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  9. March 03, 2011 at 12:39 pm, Shawn said:

    Johnny got a bit wild at some stages but boy, he isn’t scared. Will go to Jhb anytime again to see his fights.

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  10. March 03, 2011 at 12:42 pm, Rian said:

    Absolutely both fighters were in the fight. Venter showed so much heart and tried his best and gave Muller a good run for his money. Muller is very strong and is not prepared to give up his title without a good fight. Very unlike his character to his while a fighter is down, definately over exitement. Congratulations Johnny.

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  11. March 03, 2011 at 12:44 pm, Temba said:

    Venter is very good and we all expected a good match between the two boxers but my boy Johnny has shown that he is too strong. He has a lot of work to do before he can face the Chilembes but I don’t believe for one minute he is scared of such a match. Well done Johnny.

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  12. March 03, 2011 at 1:11 pm, Classy said:

    Muller needs to be matched very, very carefully. He is limited and is there for the taking.

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  13. March 03, 2011 at 1:56 pm, Bernard said:

    Well done to Johnny, but I thought the star of the show was Joey Stiglingh, the female ref was a disgrace!
    Mr Berman, please it is time that you put Stiglingh on television so the country can see what a star you have.
    Great show, and good value for money.

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  14. March 04, 2011 at 12:31 pm, Temba said:

    I have to agree Bernard, some previous comments have also noted that only certain boxers get exposure via television. Stars like Johnny and Joey’s bills are not televised.

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  15. March 04, 2011 at 12:48 pm, anton said:

    bernard i agree 100% put him on television.

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  16. March 04, 2011 at 2:05 pm, nomercy said:

    Does anyone know what charles oostuizen’s ranking and record is, or who else is out there in johnny’s weight to challenge for the title as Roedolf will be out for a long time… So the big question is who will challenge Johnny for his title next…?

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  17. March 05, 2011 at 1:22 pm, Lee Chong said:

    @ HardCore.. Most East African Boxer`s fights are not sanctioned or reported by BoxRec. so they records on the internet is never Correct!
    Epiphanie Pipi falls in the same categorie.
    This guy has had alot of fights and he is a boxing celebrity in Ghana, And Zack Mwekassa did a perfect Job. with the Calculated Vicious Body Attacks.
    I have no doubt that Mwekassa could be World Cruiserweight champion before the end of this year if Rodney Berman plays the right Cards.

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  18. March 05, 2011 at 1:31 pm, Patrick Kandol said:

    My belief is that For many years Zack Mwekassa was within the wrong hands, wrong management, wrong promoters.
    This Guy just came back from america where he trained for a year with Don turner (Evander Holyfields) trainer.
    And one can see how much he has Improved.
    Devastating Power,so much more boxing skills he has got ,He can be mean like a marine shooting On a Taliban.
    He has got what it takes to be Cruiserweight Champion Right Now!

    I heard muller and been sparring him mainly, no wonder why he handled Venter with comfort.

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  19. March 07, 2011 at 12:34 pm, Temba said:

    Yes Patrick my boy Johnny is sparring Zack, Flo and Tommy. I see big things for Zack now that he is with Harold.

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  20. March 07, 2011 at 12:37 pm, Tanya said:

    I’m a huge Johnny fan and very glad he won. Venter has also won me over with his excellent boxing skills. Very sad that he will be out for a while but when he comes back he has a new fan. As long the opponent is someone else than Johnny I shall cheer him.

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  21. September 27, 2011 at 8:21 pm, shawn said:

    There is one who can beat johonny he is a very,very good I am lucky to know him and he traine hard and he fights harder love u johonnas

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  22. September 27, 2011 at 8:23 pm, shawn said:

    Go Go Go big things will come johonny keep on being a good fighter and friend

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