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RYNO Liebenberg might be one of the biggest punchers in the light heavyweight and super middleweight divisions, but the young star knows when his power comes second best to that of his opponent, as he proved against Tineyi Maridzo in their clash at Emperors Palace on Monday.
Despite boasting an impressive 62.5percent knockout statistic in his eight-fight unbeaten streak, Liebenberg knew that Maridzo could hit even harder than him – as he proved in his two knockouts of Michael Schultz – and decided to adopt a safety-first boxing strategy instead of engaging the powerful Zimbabwean.
He ran away from any close contact with Maridzo while the visitor tried all night long to corner him and lure him into a toe-to-toe slugfest.
This strategy left the judges undecided with one scoring the bout a draw while the other two gave the nod to Liebenberg.
The victory paved the way for Liebenberg to face Johnny Muller, who destroyed Khayeni Hlungwani in three rounds, also on Monday.
Liebenberg and Muller will now meet in a light heavyweight clash on the undercard of the Nashua Cruiserweight Super 8 semi-finals scheduled for September 22 at Emperors Palace.
Liebenberg’s fight against Maridzo was one of the six bouts in the Box and Dine show presented by African Ring in association with Golden Gloves Promotions (GGP).
On the undercard, Jason Bedeman destroyed Takalani Dangala in five rounds of their lightweight clash while Warren Joubert did likewise to Ashley Dlamini in the same weight class.
Junior welterweight: Paul Kamanga bt Sibusiso Nosilela, TKO3
Lightweight: Gcobani Nkabi bt Grant Fourie, points