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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
The champion who sold fish and chips
Seaman Chetty was 14 years old when he was told to take over his family’s fish and chip shop in Durban, but he became an outstanding fighter and one of the most remarkable characters in SA boxing. Read full blog
Evolution of SA boxing
To say that SA boxing has a colourful history is putting it mildly. Read full blog
One SA boxer hit Mayweather
Phillip Ndou will go down in history as the only South African who ever hit Floyd Mayweather. Read full blog
Joe Flash, a classic example
Nearly 50 years since Elijah Nyakale had his last fight hardly anyone remembers 'Joe Flash'. Read full blog
Uneasy lie these heads
They may not be the glamour boys of boxing but light-heavyweights compete in highly competitive division. Read full blog

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Who was South Africa’s greatest featherweight?
South Africa has produced many good featherweight champions during the history of professional...

Ron Jackson
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...