Jo Jo Kimpuani of Zaire won the African light-welterweight boxing title with a sixth-round knockout over Ghana's Don Patterson in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, on Saturday (28 June).
GV Jo Kimpuani of Zaire (with stripe on shorts) in ring against Don Patterson of Ghana, start of first round; Patterson hitting out at Kimpuani returns with a straight right & general mid-ring boxing; boxes's into clinch as referee breaks
SV Kimpuani knocks Patterson down & Ghanaian receives count of five
SV Sign & start of round three, with Kimpuani hitting hard to Patterson;referee separates boxers & end of round
SV Round 6; Kimpuani lands right hook & Paterson knocked to ground
SV Spectators cheering
SV Patterson receives count of ten & Kimpuani is announced the winner; Kimpuani lifted up & raises arms to crowd ZOOM IN TO Patterson who is turned onto his back as fans enter ring to cheer Kimpuani
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Background: Jo Jo Kimpuani of Zaire won the African light-welterweight boxing title with a sixth-round knockout over Ghana's Don Patterson in the Ghanaian capital, Accra, on Saturday (28 June).
Paris-based Kimpuani downed Patterson in the first round of the fight ??? and again in the third...before a mighty right-hook to the Ghanaian boxer's mid-body sent him to the ground for the final time.
Togolese referee ??? de Fanti counted Patterson out as Kimpuani's avid fans cheered their hero. the defeated Ghanaian failed to get up after the fight and had to be carried from the ring.
Kimpuani later told reporters that he thought from the first round of the scheduled fifteen-round championship bout that Patterson was no match for him. He claimed that he could have stopped the fight earlier than the sixth.
Kimpuani and Patterson's promoters hinted after the fight that a rematch might take place quite soon.
SYNOPSIS: Jo Jo Kimpuani of Zaire--wearing the striped shorts--faced up against Ghana's Don Patterson in the fight for the African light-welterweight title in the el-Wal Stadium in Accra, Ghana, on Saturday.
The championship fight started well...with punches flying right, left and centre as Kimpuani and his Ghanaian opponent laid into each other from the opening bell. But too many clinches broke up the rhythm of the match.
The Ghanaian crowd were rooting for the home...but a mighty blow from Kimpuani put Patterson on the canvas before the first round had ended. He managed to get up just before the ten count.
Round three...and Kimpuani was determined to cash in on the early lead head taken over Patterson. Referee Simeon de Fanti, from Togo, again had to set in to separate another clinch. Kimpuani said later the Ghanaian was already showing signs of fatigue.
The fans thought Patterson's chances improved when he cut Kimpuani in the fourth round...but by the sixth, the stronger Zaire fighter was ready to finish the match. A heavy body-blow put Patterson on the canvas yet again...and this time he stayed there long after referee de Fanti had closed the count. Kimpuani was announced the winner...and acknowledged the crowd's long applause.
The defeated Patterson didn't move from the floor of the ring and had eventually to be carried out to his dressing-room. As the fans clambered in to congratulate the victorious Kimpuani, promoters were already hinting about a return match...a challenge to Kimpuani's brand-new African title.