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Funeka takes SA title tally to 131



Ali Funeka's victory over Roman Balaev has taken the number of "world" titles SA boxers have held to 131.

Funeka won the IBO welterweight title by beating Belaev in November 2014. Added to the four belts South Africans won in July 2014 it hoisted the total to beyond 130.

South Africa has now had 76 "world" champions, with Funeka joining those who have won two belts.

Nineteen South Africans have won at least two belts from the four leading organisations that award what is loosely called "world titles".

SA boxers enjoyed a prosperous period in the first half of 2014, with Moruti Mthalane adding the IBO flyweight title to the SA total in May. As a former IBF champion, he became one of the South Africans who had won two titles.

His achievement followed that of Hekkie Budler, who was promoted to WBA minimumweight champion on January 8 2014 after holding the status of interim champion. It made Budler the 72nd South African to hold a "world" title and one of those who have claimed three.

The list of SA boxers who have won some or other "world" title goes back to 1927 when Willie Smith defeated Teddy Baldock for the British version of the world bantamweight title.

But Vic Toweel, who won his bantamweight belt in 1950, remains the only universally recognised world champion in SA boxing history. All the others have held only a version, or more than one version, of the titles recognised by organisations that have their own ratings and champions.

PRIDE OF SOUTH AFRICA

South Africans who have held titles of these organisations are:

Last updated November 20 2014

SA world champions since 1927

Willie Smith (bantamweight) Won title, October 6, 1927 (British version)

Vic Toweel (bantamweight) Won title, May 31, 1950 (Universal)

Arnold Taylor (bantamweight) Won title, Nov 3, 1973 (WBA)

Peter Mathebula (flyweight) Won title, Dec 13, 1980 (WBA)

Gerrie Coetzee (heavyweight): Won title, Sept 23, 1983 (WBA)

Piet Crous (Jnr heavyweight) Won title, Dec 1, 1984 (WBA)

Brian Mitchell (Jnr light) Won title, Sept 27, 1986 (WBA)

Welcome Ncita (jnr feather) Won title, Mar 10, 1990 (IBF)

Dingaan Thobela (lightweight) Won title, Sept 22, 1990 (WBO)

Brian Mitchell (Jnr light): Won title, Sept 13, 1991 (IBF) second title

Ditau Molefyane (Jnr light) Won title, Mar 19, 1993 (WBF)

Jacob Matlala (flyweight ) Won title, May 15, 1993 (WBO)

Dingaan Thobela (lightweight): Won title, June 26, 1993 (WBA) second title

Vuyani Bungu (Jnr feather): Won title, Aug 20, 1994 (IBF)

Mbulelo Botile (bantam): Won title, Apr 29, 1995 (IBF)

Phillip Holiday (lightweight): Won title, Aug 19, 1995 (IBF)

Gary Murray (welterweight) Won title, Aug 26, 1995 (WBU)

Jacob Matlala (Jnr flyweight): Won title, Nov 18, 1995 (WBO) second title

November Ntshingila (feather) Won title, Nov 27, 1995 (IBC)

Francois Botha (heavyweight): Won title, Dec 9, 1995 (IBF)

Thulane Sugarboy Malinga Won title, Mar 2, 1996 (super middleweight) (WBC)

Sakhumzi Magxwalisa Won title, June 15, 1996 (super flyweight) (WBU)

Mzukisi Sikali (aka Skali): Won title, November 8, 1996. (junior flyweight) (WBU)

Cassius Baloyi Won title, November 15, 1996 (junior featherweight) (WBU)

Lehlohonolo Ledwaba Won title, November 17, 1996. (bantamweight) (WBU)

Jacob Matlala (jnr flyweight) Won title, July 18, 1997. (IBA) third title

Peter Malinga (welterweight): Won title, July 30, 1997. (WBU)

Patrick Quka (bantamweight): Won title, August 2, 1997. (WBU)

Corrie Sanders (heavyweight) Won title, November 15, 1997. (WBU)

Thulane Sugarboy Malinga Won title, December 19, 1997 (super-middleweight) (WBC) second title

Zolani Petelo Won title, December 27, 1997. (mini-flyweight) (IBF)

Cassius Baloyi Won title, April 24, 1998 (featherweight) (WBU) second title

Thulane Sugarboy Malinga Won title, June 5, 1998 (super-middleweight) (WBF) third title

Mzukisi Sikali (aka Skali) Won title, August 1, 1998 (junior bantamweight) (WBU) second title

Simon Ramoni Won title, August 8, 1998 (super-bantamweight) (IBO)

Mpush Makambi Won title, September 8, 1998 (middleweight) (IBO)

Jacob Mofokeng Won title, September 12, 1998 (cruiserweight) (WBU)

Lindi Memani Won title, September 12, 1998 (strawweight) (WBU)

Masibulele Makepula Won title, September 22, 1998 (junior flyweight) (WBU)

Lehlohonolo Ledwaba Won title, May 29, 1999 (junior featherweight) (IBF) second title

Sebastiaan Rothmann Won title, September 24, 1999 (cruiserweight) (WBU)

Wele Maqolo Won title, September 25, 1999 (mini-flyweight) (WBF)

Zolile Mbityi Won title, October 22, 1999 (flyweight) (IBO)

Peter Malinga Won title, October 22, 1999 (welterweight) (IBO) second title

Masibulele Makepula Won title February 19 2000 (junior flyweight) (WBO) second title

Mike Bernardo Won title May 14 2000 (heavyweight) (WBF)

Dingaan Thobela Won title September 1 2000 (super-middleweight) (WBC) third title

Mbulelo Botile Won title December 16 2000 (featherweight) (IBF) second title

Jacob Matlala Won title February 17 2001 (flyweight) (WBU) fourth title

Jan Bergman Won title June 2 2001 (welterweight) (WBU)

Virgil Kalakoda Won title June 8 2001 (junior middleweight) (IBC)

Phillip Ndou Won title July 25 2001 (junior lightweight) (WBU)

Masibulela Makepula Won title January 26 2002 (flyweight) (IBO) third title

Silence Mabuza Won title March 2 2002 (bantamweight) (IBO)

Mhikiza Myekeni Won title April 17 2002 (junior flyweight) (IBO)

Cassius Baloyi Won title April 17 2002 (junior lightweight) (IBO) third title

Ruben Groenewald Won title June 1 2002 (middleweight) (WBU)

Gabula Vabaza Won title July 26 2002 (super-flyweight) (WBU)

Lehlohonolo Ledwaba Won title July 27 2002 (featherweight) (WBU) – third title

Mzukisi Sikali Won title September 14 2002 (flyweight) (IBO) – third title

Sebastiaan Rothmann Won title October 26 2002 (cruiserweight) (IBO) second title

Lunga Ntontela Won title December 13 2002 (super-flyweight) (IBO)

Corrie Sanders Won title March 8 2003 (heavyweight) (WBO) second title

Zolani Marali Won title July 11 2003 (junior featherweight) (IBO)

Samuel Malinga Won title July 26 2003 (junior welterweight) (World Boxing Foundation)

Vuyani Bungu Won title February 7 2004 (featherweight) (IBO) – second title.

Thomas Mashaba Won title May 22 2004 (junior featherweight) (IBO)

Thomas Mashaba Won title June 25 2005 (featherweight) (IBO) second title

Isaac Hlatshwayo Won title August 31 2005 (lightweight) (IBO)

Takalani Ndlovu Won title November 4 2005 (junior featherweight) (IBO)

Cassius Baloyi Won title May 31 2006 (junior lightweight) (IBF) - 4th title.

Zolani Marali Won title September 8 2006 (junior featherweight) (WB Foundation) - 2nd title.

Nkosinathi Joyi Won title November 3 2006 (strawweight) (IBO)

Malcolm Klassen Won title November 4 2006 (junior lightweight) (IBF)

Simpiwe Nongqayi Won title December 15 2006 (junior bantamweight) (WB Foundation)

Cassius Baloyi Won title February 3 2007 (junior lightweight) (IBO) – 5th title.

Lovemore Ndou Awarded the IBF junior welterweight title (junior welterweight) when Ricky Hatton of England relinquished the title – February 13 2007

Mlungisi Dlamini Won title March 9 2007 (lightweight) (WB Foundation)

Mzonke Fana Won title April 20 2007 (junior lightweight) (IBF)

Isaac Hlatshwayo Won title May 12 2007 - 2nd title (welterweight) (IBO)

Silence Mabuza Won title May 12 2007 - 2nd title (bantamweight) (IBO)

Muvhuso Nedzanani Won title June 1 2007 (junior flyweight) (WB Foundation)

Zolani Tete Won title September 23 2007(flyweight) WB Foundation)

Zolani Marali Won title November 2 2007 – 3rd title (junior lightweight) (WB Foundation) 

Oscar Chauke Won title November 23 2007 (junior featherweight) (WB Foundation) 

William Gare Won title February 23 2008 (World Boxing Foundation super-middleweight)

Cassius Baloyi Won title April 12 2008 (junior lightweight) (IBF) – 6th title.

Zolile Mbityi Won title May 31 2008 (super-flyweight) (IBO) – 2nd title.

Ludumo Galada Won title August 22 2008 (featherweight, WB Foundation)

Bongani Mwelase Won title October 10 2008 (welterweight, WB Foundation)

Lubabalo Msutu Won title November 22 2008 (bantamweight, WB Foundation)

Francois Botha Won title February 6 2009 (heavyweight, WB Foundation)

Zolani Marali Won title April 2 2009 – 4th title (junior lightweight) (IBO)

Malcolm Klassen Won title April 18 2009 – 2nd title (junior lightweight, IBF)

Simphiwe Vetyeka Won title July 11 2009 (bantamweight, IBO)

Lovemore Ndou Won title July 11 2009 – 2nd title (welterweight, IBO)

Isaac Hlatshwayo Won title August 1 2009 – 3nd title (welterweight, IBF)

Bongani Mwelase Won title August 7 2009 – 2nd title (junior middleweight, WBF)

Simphiwo Nongqayi Won title September 15 2009 – 2nd title (super flyweight, IBF)

Mlungisi Dlamini Won title October 31 2009 – 2nd title (lightweight, IBO)

Moruti Mthalane Won title November 20 2009 (flyweight, IBF)

Hekkie Budler Won title February 27 2010 (junior flyweight, IBO)

Gideon Buthelezi Won title June 19 2010 (strawweight, IBO)

Tshihiwa Munyai Won title March 26 2011 (junior featherweight) (IBO)

Thomas Oosthuizen Won title March 26 2011 (super-middleweight) (IBO)

Takalani Ndlovu Won title March 26 2011 – 3rd title (junior featherweight) (IBF)

Hekkie Budler Won title September 24 2011 (strawweight) (IBO), 2nd title. )

Chris van Heerden Won title September 24 2011 (welterweight) (IBO)

Ali Funeka Won title November 19 2011 (junior welterweight) (WBF)

Malcolm Klassen Won title November 19 2011 (junior lightweight) (WBF) – Third title

Kaizer Mabuza Won title: November 19 2011 (junior lightweight) (IBO)

Jeffrey Mathebula Won title March 24 2012 (junior featherweight) (IBF)

Gideon Buthelezi Won title November 10 2012 (junior bantamweight) (IBO) – third title

Zolani Marali Won title December 8 2012 (junior welterweigh) (WB Federation) – 5th title.

Thabo Sonjica Won title July 7 2013 (junior featherweight) (IBO)

Danie Venter Won title September 20 2013 (cruiserweight) (IBF)

Simphiwe Vetyeka Won title December 6 2013 (featherweight) (WBA) – third title.

Hekkie Budler Promoted to champion on January 8 2014 (minimumweight) (WBA) – 3rd title.

Moruti Mthalane Won title March 2013 (flyweight) (IBO) – second title.

Zolani Tete Won title July 18 2014 (junior bantamweight, IBO – 2nd title)

Luyanda Nkwankwa Won title July 18 2014 (mimimumweight, WBF)

Lusanda Komanisi Won title July 18 2014 (featherweight, IBO)

Lwandile Siyatha Won title July 18 2014 (super-flyweight, IBO – 2nd title)


Number of "world" champions: 76

Number of titles: 131

  • British Version: 1
  • Universal : 1
  • IBA: 1
  • World Boxing Foundation: 15
  • IBC: 2
  • WBC*: 3
  • World Boxing Federation: 11
  • WBO*: 5
  • WBA* : 8
  • IBF*: 23
  • IBO: 41
  • WBU : 20

* Major Organisations

MULTIPLE TITLE HOLDERS

SIX

Cassius Baloyi: WBU (November 15, 1996) junior featherweight, WBU (April 24, 1998) featherweight, IBO (April 19, 2002) junior lightweight, IBF (May 31, 2006) junior lightweight, IBO (February 3, 2007) junior lightweight, IBF (April 12, 2008), junior lightweight.

FIVE

Zolani Marali: IBO (July 11, 2003) junior featherweight; WB Foundation (September 8, 2006) junior featherweight; WB Foundation (November 2, 2007), junior lightweight; IBO (April 2, 2009) junior lightweight; WB Federation (December 8, 2012), junior welterweight.

FOUR

Jacob Matlala: WBO May 15, 1993) flyweight, WBO (November 18, 1995) light flyweight,IBA (July 18, 1997) junior flyweight, WBU (February 17, 2001) junior flyweight.

THREE

Takalani Ndlovu: IBO (November 4, 2005) junior featherweight,; WB Foundation (March 20, 2009) featherweight, IBF (March 26, 2011) junior featherweight.

Isaac Hlatshwayo: IBO (August 31, 2005) lightweight; IBO (May 12, 2007), welterweight; IBF (August 1, 2009) welterweight.

Thulane Sugarboy Malinga: WBC (March 2, 1996) super middleweight, WBC (Decembe19, 1997) super middleweight title, WBF (May 6, 1998) super middleweight.

Dingaan Thobela: WBO (September 22, 1990) lightweight, WBA (June 26, 1993) lightweight, WBC (September 1, 2000) super middleweight.

Masibulela "Hawk" Makepula: WBU (September 22, 1998) junior flyweight, WBO (February 10, 2000) junior flyweight, IBO (January 26, 2002) flyweight.

Lehlohonolo Ledwaba: WBU (November 17, 1996) bantamweight, IBF (May 29, 1999) junior featherweight, WBU (July 27, 2002) featherweight.

Mzukisi Sikali: WBU (November 8, 1996) junior flyweight, WBU (August 1, 1998) junior bantamweight, IBO (September 14, 2002) flyweight.

Malcolm Klassen: IBF (November 4, 2006) junior lightweight; IBF (April 18, 2009) junior lightweight; WBF (November 19, 2012) junior lightweight.

Gideon Buthelezi: IBO (June 19, 2010), strawweight; IBO (June 27, 2011), junior flyweight; IBO, November 10, 2012, junior bantamweight.

Simphiwe Vetyeka: IBO (July 11, 2009) bantamweight; IBO (April 14, 2013), featherweight), WBA (December 6, 2013), featherweight.

Hekkie Budler: IBO (February 27, 2010), junior flyweight, IBO (September 24, 2011), strawweight; WBA (January 8, 2014) minimumweight.

TWO

Mlungisi Dlamini: WBF (March 9, 2007) lightweight; IBO (Oct 31, 2009) lightweight.

Simphiwo Nongqayi: WBF (Dec 15, 2006) junior bantamweight; IBF (September 15, 2009) super flyweight.

Lovemore Ndou: IBF (February 4, 2007) junior welterweight, IBO (July 11, 2009) welterweight.

Brian Mitchell: WBA (September 27, 1986) junior lightweight, IBF (September 13, 1991) junior lightweight.

Peter Malinga: WBU (July 30, 1997) welterweight, IBO (October 22, 1999) welterweight.

Mbulelo Botile: IBF (September 29, 1995) bantamweight, IBF (December 16, 2000) featherweight.

Sebastiaan Rothmann: WBU (September 24, 1999) cruiserweight, IBO (October 26, 2002) cruiserweight.

Corrie Sanders: WBU (November 15, 1997) heavyweight, WBO (March 8, 2003) heavyweight.

Vuyani Bungu: IBF (August 20, 1994) junior featherweight, IBO (February 6, 2004) featherweight.

Thomas Mashaba: IBO (May 22, 2004) junior featherweight, IBO (June 25, 2005) featherweight.

Silence Mabuza: IBO (March 2, 2002) bantamweight, IBO (May 12, 2007), bantamweight.

Zolile Mbityi: IBO (October 22, 1999; flyweight) and IBO (May 31, 2008; IBO super flyweight)

Francois Botha: IBF (December 9, 1995) heavyweight, WB Foundation (February 6, 2009) heavyweight.

Bongani Mwelase: WBF (Oct 10, 2008) welterweight; WBF (August 7, 2009) junior middleweight.

Simphiwe Nongqayi: WBF (Dec 15, 2006) junior bantamweight, IBF (September 15, 2009) junior bantamweight.

Mlungisi Dlamini: WBF (March 9, 2007)lightweight, IBO (Oct 31, 2009) lightweight.

Nkosinathi Joyi: IBO (November 4, 2006) strawweight, IBF (March 26, 2010)mini flyweight.

Mzonke Fana: IBF (April 20, 2007) junior lightweight, IBF (September 1, 2010)mini flyweight.

Moruti Mthalane: IBF (November 20, 2009, flyweight, IBF (March 15, 2014) flyweight.

Zolani Tete: WB Foundation flyweight, Sept 23 2007; IBF junior bantamweight, July 18 2014

Lwandile Sityatha: WB Foundation super-flyweight, May 31 2014; IBO super-flyweight July 19 2014.

Ali Funeka: WBF junior welterweight, November 19 2011; IBO welterweight, November 15 2014.



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