This day in history: SA's Vuyani Bungu wins IBF world boxing title

This day in history: SA's Vuyani Bungu wins IBF world boxing title

- On 20 August, 1994, SA featherweight, Vuyani Bungu won an International Boxing Federation world title

- Bunug held the title until 1999 and although he had a legendary career, he has yet to be inducted into the boxing hall of fame

- Bungu retired in 2005 with 39 wins‚ 19 knockouts and a mere five losses

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On this day 26 years ago, SA junior featherweight, Vuyani "The Beast" Bungu, lifted the International Boxing Federation (IBF) trophy after victory against American, Kennedy McKinney. The victory gained Bungu both recognition and pride.

Bungu is from Mdantsane outside East London and debuted in 1987 at the tender age of 20. He held the IBF title up until 1999. Bungu has still not made it into the boxing hall of fame, but social media users believe he should've made it in years ago. Bungu retired in 2005.

Vuyani Bungu

Vuyani Bungu. Source: @BunguVuyani and @thomasmlambo / Twitter
Source: Twitter

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According to a report by TimesLive, Bungu retired with 39 wins‚ 19 knockouts and a mere five losses. His win was truly a great moment in South African history and deserves recognition. In the same TimesLive report, Bungu admitted that no-one gave him a chance to beat McKinney from their first fight in 1994.

Bungu's legendary career has turned him into an icon and a role model to many.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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