2000-02-19 Masibulele Makepula w pts 12 Jacob Matlala, Carnival City Arena, Brakpan, South Africa - WBO

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2000-02-19 Masibulele Makepula w pts 12 Jacob Matlala, Carnival City Arena, Brakpan, South Africa - WBO. Referee: Stan Christodoulou. Scorecards: 117-112, 118-112, 118-114. Contested for the title vacated by Michael Carbajal, both Makepula (107¾) and Matlala (107¼) gave it everything and then more, the only thing spoiling the event being the wide margin on the judges’ scorecards in favour of the new champion. Fought at a cracking pace it was an absorbing battle of wills and, with Makepula having the physical advantages as opposed to Matlala’s non-stop battling, there was little between them at the final bell and a draw would have been welcomed.

After Makepula relinquished the title in March in favour of maintaining his WBU belt, the WBO eventually organised a contest between Will Grigsby and Nelson Dieppa in order to find a successor.