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Ledwaba Beats Johnson for IBF Title

May 29, 1999

HAMMANSKRAAL, South Africa (AP) _ South African Lehlohonolo Ledwaba captured the vacant IBF junior featherweight title with a convincing win over American John Michael Johnson Saturday night.

The three judges favored the Soweto-born Ledwaba 115-113, 117-112 and 115-113 at the Carousel casino near Pretoria.

Ledwaba captured the title vacated Feb. 1 by Vuyani Bungu after his 13th defense.

Ledwaba improved to 28-1-1, while Johnson, of San Antonio, suffered his sixth defeat against 26 victories (21 KOs).

In an earlier bout, South African Zolani Petelo needed less than half a round to keep his IBF strawweight title, stopping Filipino Eric Jamali with a straight left to the body.

Petelo, making the third defense of the title he won from Thailand’s Ratanopol Sor Vorapin in December 1997, improved to 12-2-2.

Jamali, a former WBO champion, dropped to 13-8-1.

Petelo and Jamali, both southpaws, started at a rapid pace and the bout was quickly over.

Petelo landed the left to Jamali’s midriff and the Filipino collapsed, unable to beat the count 1 minute, 21 seconds into the bout.

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