Thamsanga Dube knocked down

The fight which was beamed live on Supersport saw Dube sent to the canvas by Simba’s right hand two minutes and eleven seconds into the third round to end the fight that had initially been scheduled for eight rounds.

The loss saw Dube’s professional record drop to 12 wins and three losses.

Dube, though, remains the holder of the WBA Pan African heavyweight belt since the fight against Simba was a none title. The loss, however, deals a big blow to the Zimbabwean world ranking, and the chances of challenging for the Africa and world title.

The WBA Pan African title which Dube holds is a regional championship.

This was Simba’s first fight since his unbeaten record was brought to end by South Africa’s Francois Botha in June. Affectionately known as the Black Panther, Simba’s international record now stands at 11 wins and one loss.

After the fight Simba who hails from the Democratic Republic of Congo but is now based in South Africa immediately declared he was now challenging Dube for the WBA Pan African title which Dube won two years after beating Jack Ellis of South Africa.

The fight against Simba was also Dube’s first international fight since fighting Ellis at Emperor’s Palace. He has however fought on the Zimbabwean scene winning against the likes of Arigoma Chiponda and Smart Nkomo.

Dube’s progress on the international front has also bee affected by the fact that he has run out of opponents in Zimbabwe and the financial situation in the country has also made it difficult for local promoters to stage regular fights for local boxers, making Dube ring rusty.