- Peter Mathebula was South Africa's first black boxing world champion
- He was the first South African boxer to win a title overseas
- He won the Supreme title in 1988 in a white versus black reunification match
Peter Mathebula has passed away at the age of 67, he was South Africa's first black world boxing champion. Tsholofelo Lejaka, Boxing SA CEO, announced the sad news on Sunday.
Briefly.co.za learned that Mathebula earned himself the nickname 'Terror' was the first South African to win a boxing title overseas after he beat Korean boxer Tae-Shik Kim in Los Angeles after 15 rounds. He won the WBA version of the flyweight title.
South Africa's previous two boxing champs, Vic Toweel (1950) and Arnold Taylor (1973), won their titles in SA.
Due to racist laws in South Africa white and black boxers could not face each other, the rules did change during the 1970s. Mathebula won his first SA flyweight title in 1977 and in '88 he won the Supreme title, which was awarded to the winner of the white-versus-black unification bouts.
He was the third black South African boxer to attempt a world title after failed bids by Norman Sekgapane (1978) and Nkosana “Happy Boy” Mgxaji (1979) according to the sowetanlive.co.za.
.Funeral details will be announced by the family.
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