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Winner Takes All

Monday, June 13, 2022

Emperors Palace once again played host to world-class Golden Gloves boxing on Saturday 11 June when Winners Takes All came to the Palace of Dreams. The highlight was the much-anticipated rematch between Roarke Knapp and Brandon Thysse for the ABU junior middleweight belt.

The evening was action packed and saw some sports personalities like Tendai “Beast” Mtawarira and former Cruiser-weight world champion Kevin Lerena. The event set the stage for plenty of hard-hitting action still to come this year. The main results were:

Roarke Knapp beat Brandon Thysse on a split decision over 12 rounds to win the ABU Africa Junior Middleweight Title

Chris Thompson beat Joshua Pretorius to be crowned the new ABU & SA Heavyweight champion

In the female fight Sazisiwe Simon defeated Yolandi Gelderblom  in a four-round lightweight contest

Pictured below is Emperors Palace Complex Executive Clive Tavener with new champion Roarke Knapp. 

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