Lerato Dlamini

Lerato Dlamini wins world boxing title in Saudi Arabia

He beat Filipino boxer Dave Penalosa in a unanimous points decision from the judges after a dominating display in the ring.

Lerato Dlamini

South Africa’s Lerato Dlamini produced an outstanding performance to outclass Filipino Dave Penalosa and win the vacant World Boxing Council Silver featherweight title over 12 rounds at the King Abdullah Sports City in Saudi Arabia.

Unanimous decision

Judges Ian John Lewis and Guido Cavalleri both scored it 117-109 and Judge Rey Danseco had it 118-108.

With Dlamini (56.90kg) scoring knockdowns in rounds four and 10 it was difficult to score a round for Penalosa (56.60kg) who went beyond eight rounds for the just the first time in his career.

Lerato Dlamini confident boxing

It was a confident Dlamini, 24, who came out at the opening bell as he dominated through the first six rounds scoring with left and right hand combinations to the head as Penalosa, 28, pushed forward with his gloves held up to face but scoring very few effective punches. Dlamini improved his record to 13-1; 6.

In round four a straight right to the head sent Penalosa down, but he was not badly hurt and in the 10th round a classic straight left-right to the head against the southpaw dropped Penalosa in the middle of the ring.

Going into the last round, Dlamini knew he was well ahead and danced around the ring with Penalosa trying to close the gap to no avail as he boxed his way to an outstanding victory.

– African News Agency (ANA), Editing by Michael Sherman