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Impressive Healy & Bonokoane Shines In WBF Title Fights
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FIGHT REPORT   Photo: Katie Healy new World Boxing Federation (WBF) World Champion, Thato Bonokoane retains Intercontinental title.

On Friday night, July 8, in Middleburg, South Africa, J4Joy Boxing Promotions put on a World Boxing Federation (WBF) championship doubleheader which in no way disappointed fans or TV viewers watching live on SABC Sport and Fightzone.

In one of the finest technical performances by a female boxer seen in a South African ring over the past decade, Katie Healy from Wolverhampton, England, silenced those who believed she was not yet ready for a world title fight.

Healy (24) outclassed, outsmarted and schooled the much more experienced and accomplished home-favorite Matshidiso Mokebisi, to win a wide unanimous decision and the vacant WBF Womens World Super Bantamweight title.

Judge Sipho Ndongeni had it a landslide 100-90, while judges Jaap Van Niewenhuizen and Elroy Marshal saw it as 97-93.

A pro for just under fourteen months, the new WBF World Super Bantamweight Champion is now 5-0 (0). Mokebisi (32), who entered the paid ranks in 2008, drops to 15-10-1 (5).

In the co-feature, WBF Intercontinental Super Bantamweight ruler Thato Bonokoane successfully defended his title for the first time, stopping Filipino challenger Jhaleel Payao in the twelfth round.

Payao started strong, but as the rounds passed Bonokoane took over and counter-punched excellently on his charging opponent.

In round twelve Bonokoane landed a picture-perfect check left hook which floored Payao hard, and referee Sipho Ndongeni waved it off after counting to eight. Official time: 1:52.

Bonokoane, now 13-5-3 (9), is hoping to fight for the WBF world title in his next outing. For Payao, falling to 17-2 (9), its back to the drawing board after a good performance.

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