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17Apr 2021

Former WBC heavyweight champion Ken Norton Norton is best known for beating Muhammad Ali to win the NABF heavyweight title in their first bout in March 1973 and breaking his jaw during the fight. This was Ali’s second defeat having previously lost to Joe Frazier. Six month later Ali avenged the loss to Norton and in […]

15Apr 2021

Certain fighters throughout history have made a living on their chins! And if that sounds like gibberish, allow me to explain. The term denotes a boxer whose main asset is a rock-like jaw, which as any follower of the sport will inform you, cannot be acquired, no matter how hard an athlete trains. Like true […]

13Apr 2021

The first national title fights between black and white South Africans took place in November 1976, a month after permission for “multiracial” boxing at all levels was granted by the government. Gerrie Coetzee and Elijah Makhatini became the first “undisputed” SA champions on November 27 that year. Since then, the number of black boxers in […]

09Apr 2021

Hezekiel ‘King Kong’ Dlamini is best remembered as one of the tragic figures of South African boxing. A powerful, charismatic individual with definite promise as a fighter, he was in fact the first black South African heavyweight to achieve any degree of international exposure (albeit posthumously) due to the musical play based on the legend […]

04Apr 2021

The shortest world champion in boxing history was a South African sporting giant, Baby Jake Matlala, who won four versions of world titles during a 22-year career. The first South African to win four versions of a world title, Jacob Matlala became a legend and a sporting icon. Matlala, only 1.48m tall and weighing at […]

04Apr 2021

It still rates as one of the supreme moments in the history of SA sport; the night Gerrie Coetzee became heavyweight boxing champion of the world. Boxing’s heavyweight championship has always been considered to be the richest prize in sport. And Coetzee once held at least a portion of that prize. It must be remembered, […]

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