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Boxing

Ron's all-time greats
Drawing up a list of the top 10 fighters in each division is likely to start at least 10 arguments per division, even among the most knowledgeable boxing experts. Read full blog
Early pioneer of South African ring
More than 51 years before Vic Toweel challenged for the world bantamweight title, Young Pluto was possibly the first man from South Africa to fight for a world title. Read full blog
Colourful history of SA boxing
South African boxing has had a colourful history, but as happened in some other countries as well, there were times when some colours were never seen in the ring at the same time. Read full blog
My journey with Muhammad Ali
The first time I read about Muhammad Ali then known as Cassius Clay, was in 1960 after he won an Olympic gold medal at the Rome Olympics. Read full blog
First world champ to visit South Africa
The first world champion to visit South Africa was Norman Selby, who became much better known as Charles “Kid” McCoy. Read full blog
Who was South Africa’s greatest featherweight?
South Africa has produced many good featherweight champions during the history of professional boxing in the country. Read full blog
Last fight under London Prize Ring rules in SA
Jim Holloway, who was born of Irish-English parents in Pretoria, was involved in what was reported as the first major fight between two South African-born boxers. Read full blog
Foreign visitors
There have been a number of legendary fighters who have made visits to South Africa and among the standouts must be Rocky Marciano, Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and Sugar Ray Leonard. Read full blog
The man who lost to Vic Toweel
Not many of the more than 20 000 South Africans who saw South Africa’s first world champion crowned will ever forget the courageous little man who fought Vic Toweel on May 31 1950. Read full blog
Freedom from slavery to famous fighter
The first black American heavyweight to make a name for himself as a professional boxer was a pioneer named Tom Molineaux, also known as “the Moor”. Read full blog
Champion boxer and sportsman
Claude Sterley, a fine boxer, an outstanding trainer and a versatile sportsman, holds a special place in the history of SA sport. Read full blog
One of the dark pioneers
Jimmy Dixon, a coloured fighter who fought from 1919 to 1929 and claimed the South African coloured middleweight and heavyweight titles, was one of the early dark pioneers of the African ring. Read full blog
First Nigerian world champ
When Hogan "Kid" Bassey won the world featherweight championship in 1957 he created a sensation as the first Nigerian to win a world title. Read full blog
The man who slept in a barn before a fight
Joe Rosella, who won the SA welterweight title in February 1921 and scored only six victories in his 18 professional fights, was better known as a trainer of fighters and for his gyms rather than being a boxer. Read full blog
Heavyweight champion at 21
Paul Irwin wrote, “I go for Ben Foord as our greatest heavyweight for close on 50 years.” Read full blog
Baby Jake - a boxing legend
Not many people know that Jacob Matlala known to his fans as “Baby Jake” was a natural left-hander who was switched from the southpaw stance to orthodox when he was still a boy. Read full blog
Some little known facts in SA boxing
Despite the breakdown of the original card, the fight on April 14, 1947, established a new record attendance figure. Read full blog
Greatest heavyweight upsets
At 20-1, underdog Hasim Rahman's win over Lennox Lewis at Carnival City, Brakpan, in the early hours of Sunday morning, April 22, 2001 is arguably the biggest upset in heavyweight history. Read full blog
Can South Africans afford to be boxing collectors?
Some people collect as a hobby, but for some it can become an obsession. Read full blog
Legend of the Blue Jaguar
There once was a soccer player, who became a boxer, who stood on his head to beat the scale. Read full blog

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Ron Jackson
Ron's all-time greats
Drawing up a list of the top 10 fighters in each division is likely to start at least 10 arguments...

Ron Jackson II
Early pioneer of South African ring
More than 51 years before Vic Toweel challenged for the world bantamweight title, Young Pluto was...