Black American boxer George Chaplin has literally been fighting the flab in South Africa.
SV Round 9, George Chaplin of U.S.A. (black) boxing Jimmy Abbot of South Africa. Punches being thrown by both men
SV Abbot hitting Chaplin on ropes, swinging wide and missing and general fighting
SV Referee parts boxers during round 10 followed by desperate blows from both men. Chaplin connects with a right hand at end of fight. Boxers embrace and leave ring
SV Abbot with trainer
CU Chaplin being embraced by spectators
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Background: Black American boxer George Chaplin has literally been fighting the flab in South Africa. Last Saturday (10 May) in a multi-racial bout in Johannesburg he took on all 276 pounds (125.60 kgs) of heavyweight South African Jimmy Abbot.
SYNOPSIS: George Chaplin isn't exactly a flyweight himself weighing in at 211 pounds (96.00 kgs) but on Saturday (10 May) he was conceding a ???earsome 65 pounds (29 kgs) to his opponent. The American spent most of the fight using his greater mobility to avoid the flabby blows of Abbot. But by the time they reached Round 9 there was considerably more missing than hitting.
The crowd in Johannesburg's Rand Stadium may have found some amusement in the spectacle, which at times verged on the grotesque, but they found little excitement. At times there seemed to be more action in Abbot's corner where trainer Cookie Mendoza urged his fighter on. One observer described Big Jim's style as 'jelly-ripple' whilst Chaplin seemed intent on avoiding the big punch that Abbot's weight would suggest he is capable of.
The tenth and final round was a desperate affair with the referee often being called in to part the two men. The fight was clearly very close as neither boxer had really done anything to justify victory. It seemed for much of the bout as if Abbot's vibrations would give him the decision, but the American finished well and landed a solid right hand just before the final bell.
The three judges decided, on majority vote, to call the fight a draw. It seemed an appropriate verdict.