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Wednesday Global Boxing Results: Mzonke Fana dominates Cassius Baloyi in rematch

Brakpan, South Africa

  • Mzonke Fana UD-12 Cassius Baloyi. Fana, who turns 37 in October, dominated old rival Baloyi, 35, in their rematch for the vacant IBF super featherweight title. Baloyi (37-5-1, 19 KO) lifted the belt from Fana (30-4, 12 KO) back in 2008. This was really Fana's first serious fight since. Baloyi had lost the belt to Malcolm Klassen in 2009, who lost it to Robert Guerrero, who then vacated. Fana is probably best-known to U.S. fans as an opponent of Marco Antonio Barrera in 2005, when Barrera knocked him out in the second round. He hasn't left South Africa since then, and is unlikely to do so any time soon. Klassen has been inactive for over a year now, but a fight between Fana and Klassen would make a lot of sense. Fana won on scores of 119-109, 119-110 and 118-110.
  • Moruti Mthalane TKO-5 Zolani Tete. Mthalane (26-2, 17 KO) made the first defense of his IBF flyweight title with this win over Tete (13-1, 11 KO). Mthalane lost to Nonito Donaire back in 2008, but is really a pretty damn good fighter and currently one of the world's best at 112.

Brooklyn, New York

  • Dmitriy Salita UD-8 Franklin Gonzalez. Salita (31-1-1, 16 KO) won on three scores of 78-74 over his 34-year-old opponent. This was really a nothing fight for Salita, who starts a rehabbing of his local career in New York. With all due respect, Salita is never going to be a major fighter because he's simply not good enough. But he's a smart guy and could maximize a safe career in New York for a good while. He may be able to move that into another undeserved title shot down the line.