Two South Africans won their fights in South Africa's first multi-racial boxing tournament at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday (17 August).
LV INT. Fight between Kokkie Olivier (white South African) and Roger Zami (black Frenchman) with Olivier attacking.
CU Fight in progress, they clinch.
LV Referee separates them, fight continues.
CU Olivier forces Zami to the ropes.
LV Referee separates them.
CU Boxers exchanging blows, they clinch.
LV They separate at end of fight and walk to corners.
CU Zami in his corner.
CU Supporters surround jubilant Olivier.
CU Archie Moore at ringside.
LV Fight between Tom Bogs (Denmark) wearing white socks and white band around waist and Pierre Fouri (South Africa)
CU Fighters exchange blows with Bogs moving forward.
LV Fouri knocked to canvas by left jab from Bogs, he regains his feet without a count.
CU Bogs moving forward, Fouri jabs with left.
LV End of fight, fighters return to corners.
CU AND LV Fouri is hoisted on supporters shoulders and carried round ring.
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Background: Two South Africans won their fights in South Africa's first multi-racial boxing tournament at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday (17 August).
In the junior welterweight division, white South African Kokkie Olivier took a points victory over the black Frenchman Roger Zami.
Pierre Fouri, South Africa's white hope for the world light heavyweight title, has an easy points win against Tom Bogs, Denmark's former Europe Middle and Lightweight Champion.
Two other South African boxers also won their contest during the tournament. Black boxer Norman Sekgapane knocked out Denmark's Jorgen Jansen in the ninth round f their junior welterweight division fight and black South African middleweight Elijah Makhatini beat Brazil's Juarez da Lima on points in the last bout of the evening. All bouts were over ten rounds.
Former World Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore watched the fights from a ringside seat with interests in two spheres. He writs about boxing for a South African Sunday paper and also acts as advisor to Norman Sekgapane and Elijah Makhatini.
SYNOPSIS: The Rand Stadium in Johannesburg was the scene of South Africa's first multi-racial boxing tournament on Saturday. In the ring here are white South African Kokkie Olivier and the black Frenchman Roger Zami. There were a few interventions by the referee during the ten round contest but Olivier seemed to have the situation under control.
At one point the agile, twenty-six-year-old Olivier forced Zami against the ropes, but the thirty-three year old Zami, who has won sixteen professional fights, retaliated with some stylish punches.
This did not deter Kokkie Olivier though and some fierce exchanges followed. Olivier held his superior form and the outcome of the bout was obvious to experienced observers.
A disappointed Zami and very jubilant winner on points, Kokkie Olivier.......and watching them was former World Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore.
The main bout of the evening was between Pierre Fouri- South Africa's white hope for the world light heavyweight title - and Tom Bogs of Denmark in white socks and waistband.
A bad moment for Fouri in an almost accidental dive to the canvas after a blow from Bogs. He regains his fee without a count and takes the offensive in a sharp exchange of punches.
Pierre Fouri lived up to his reputation as a fast mover and convincingly outpointed Bogs..... the former European Middle and Lightweight Champion. A triumphant moment for Fouri and his supporters, which may put him in the running for a crack at the world title.