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South African Boxing

Boxing is another popular sport in South Africa. A testament to this is the fact that between 1927 and 2001, 35 South African fighters won a total of 49 world boxing titles.

The number of South African world champions peaked in the 1990s. The country had six world champions in 1995, five the following year and six in 1997. In 1998 the number stood at eight, and in 1999 at five world title holders.

Before the advent of more than one world body, Vic Toweel was South Africa's only world champion, winning the bantamweight title in 1950. The only other boxer who came close was Willie Smith, who won the British version of the world bantamweight title when he defeated Teddy Baldock in October 1927.

South Africa also produced multiple title holders. Among these was Brian Mitchell, who won the World Boxing Association title in September 1986 and the International Boxing Federation title in 1991 in the junior lightweight division.

Dingaan Thobela won three titles: the World Boxing Organization and WBA lightweight titles, in September 1990 and June 1993 respectively, as well as the World Boxing Council middleweight title in September 2000.

Here's a list of South African Boxing Champions

  • Willie Smith - bantamweight, British version (1927)
  • Vic Toweel - bantamweight, Universal (1950)
  • Arnold Taylor - WBA bantamweight (1973)
  • Peter Mathebula - WBA flyweight (1980)
  • Gerrie Coetzee - WBA heavyweight (1983)
  • Piet Crous - WBA junior heavyweight (1984)
  • Brian Mitchell - WBA junior lightweight (1986)
  • Welcome Ncita - WBA and IBF junior featherweight (1990)
  • Dingaan Thobela - WBO lightweight (1990)
  • Brian Mitchell - IBF junior lightweight (1991)
  • Ditau Molefyane - WBF junior lightweight (1993)
  • Jacob Matlala - WBO flyweight (1993)
  • Dingaan Thobela - WBA lightweight (1993)
  • Vuyani Bungu - IBF junior featherweight (1994)
  • Mbulelo Botile - IBF bantamweight (1995)
  • Phillip Holliday - IBF lightweight (1995)
  • Gary Murray - WBU welterweight (1995)
  • Jacob Matlala - WBO junior flyweight (1995)
  • November Ntshingila - IBC featherweight (1995)
  • Francois Botha - IBF heavyweight (1995)
  • Thulani Malinga - WBC super middleweight (1996)
  • Sakhumzi Magxwalisa - WBU super flyweight (1996)
  • Mzukisi Sikali - WBU junior flyweight (1996)
  • Cassius Baloyi - WBU junior featherweight (1996)
  • Lehlohonolo Ledwaba - WBU bantamweight (1996)
  • Jacob Matlala - IBA junior flyweight (1997)
  • Peter Malinga - WBU welterweight (1997)
  • Patrick Quka - WBU bantamweight (1997)
  • Corrie Sanders - WBU heavyweight (1997)
  • Thulani Malinga - WBC super middleweight (1997)
  • Zolani Petelo - IBF mini flyweight (1997)
  • Cassius Baloyi - WBU featherweight (1998)
  • Thulani Malinga - WBF super middleweight (1998)
  • Mzukisi Sikali - WBU junior bantamweight (1998)
  • Simon Ramoni - IBO super bantamweight (1998)
  • Mpush Makambi - IBO middleweight (1998)
  • Jacob Mofokeng - WBU cruiserweight (1998)
  • Lindi Memani - WBU strawweight (1998)
  • Masibulele Makepula - WBU junior flyweight (1998)
  • Lehlohonolo Ledwaba - IBF junior featherweight (1999)
  • Sebastiaan Rothmann - WBU cruiserweight (1999)
  • Wele Maqolo - WBF mini flyweight (1999)
  • Zolile Mbityi - IBO flyweight (1999)
  • Peter Malinga - IBO welterweight (1999)
  • Masibulele Makepula - WBO junior flyweight (2000)
  • Mike Barnardo - WBF heavyweight (2000)
  • Dingaan Thobela - WBC super middleweight (2000)
  • Mbulelo Botile - IBF featherweight (2000)
  • Jacob Matlala - WBU junior flyweight (2001)
  • Corrie Sanders - WBO heavyweight (2003)

The following is a list of South African boxers who held multiple titles:

  • Brian Mitchell: WBA (1986), IBF (1991) junior lightweight
  • Dingaan Thobela: WBO (1990), WBA (1993) lightweight; WBC middleweight (2000)
  • Peter Malinga: WBU (1997), IBO (1999) welterweight
  • Jacob Matlala: WBO flyweight (1993); WBO light flyweight (1995); IBA junior flyweight (1997); WBU junior flyweight (2001)
  • Thulani Malinga: WBC super middleweight (1996 and 1997); WBF super middleweight (1998)
  • Cassius Baloyi: WBU junior featherweight (1996); WBU featherweight (1998)
  • Lehlohonolo Ledwaba: WBU bantamweight (1996); IBF junior featherweight (1999)
  • Mzukisi Sikali: WBU junior featherweight (1996); WBU junior bantamweight (1998)
  • Masibulele Makepula: WBU junior flyweight (1998); WBO junior flyweight (2000)
  • Mbulelo Botile: IBF bantamweight (1995); IBF featherweight (2000)