2000-02-19 Masibulele Makepula w pts 12 Jacob Matlala, Carnival City Arena, Brakpan, South Africa - WBO
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.
Makepula relinquished the WBO version of the title in March in favour of maintaining his WBU belt.