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Saturday, 2 September, 2000, 01:10 GMT 02:10 UK
Catley loses world crown
Glenn Catley was making his first title defence
Glenn Catley was making his first title defence
Glen Catley lost his WBC super-middleweight world title in a thrilling fight against South African challenger Dingaan Thobela in Johannesburg.

Catley, making his first defence at the Carnival City casino, shook Thobela with a right hook in round 12.

But the South African responded with a series of combinations to leave the title holder on the ropes before a right hook sent Catley to the canvas.

The win gave Thobela his third world title, but Catley had made the more aggressive start.

Dingaan Thobela
Dingaan Thobela controlled the fight in Johannesburg

He scored well early on against the more cautious challenger but Thobel;a began to take the fight to his opponent in round four.

Catley was constantly drawn into a close-range fight he clearly did not want and the Englishman was twice warned, first for butting and then for use of the elbow, which saw him penalised a point.

With things clearly going the South African's way, Catley was desperate for a knockout and nearly landed it in the final round.

But Thobela withstood the vicious right hook and responded with a final flurry to claim Catley's world crown.

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