South African Heavyweight boxer Kallie Knoetze moved one step closer to a crack at the world title on Saturday night when he knocked out fifth-ranked American Duane Bobick in Johannesburg.
GV: start of round three in fight between Kallie Knoetze (South Africa) and Duane Bobick (USA); fight continues with Knoetze getting the upper hand. Then Knoetze knocks Bobick down and is declared winner.
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Background: South African Heavyweight boxer Kallie Knoetze moved one step closer to a crack at the world title on Saturday night when he knocked out fifth-ranked American Duane Bobick in Johannesburg. A crowed of close to 40,000 boxing fans jammed the Rand to watch the Pretoria policeman pit his skills against the more experienced American heavyweight.
SYNOPSIS: In rounds one and two, both boxers got in some meaningful punches, but it was the South African in the red shorts, who appeared to be doing more damage. Knoetze is South Africa's White Heavyweight Champion, although not overall champion, but this fight was billed as the White Championship of the world by the promoters. Bobick, with a record of 40 wins in 41 fights, was ranked fifth in line to Muhammad Ali's crown when he signed to fight the South African hopeful.
But half-way through the crucial third round, Knoetze unleashed a barrage of short uppercuts and a right hook which sent Bobick to the canvas. Referee Stan Christodoulou counted him out, although the American did manage to stagger to his feet with the help of the ropes. Knoetze and his manager were costatic about his win, and are now going all out for a crack at the big one, Muhammad Ali.