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Boxing

Early boxing films in South Africa
Possibly the first boxing films to be shown in South Africa were in the early 1890s and boxing fans were lucky enough to watch the battle between Gentleman Jim Corbett and Bob Fitzsimmons. Read full blog
Boxer who also set up the ring
Spectators who attend boxing tournaments seldom take much notice of the equipment. Read full blog
SA referees have a proud record
SA boxing has been blessed with some fine referees since the days of Clem D Webb and James R Couper back in the 1890s, even though only a small number of South Africans have handled world title bouts. Read full blog
The Old Master
Even before he died at the age of 36, Joe Gans was known far and wide as The Old Master. Read full blog
Hundreds of boxing belts
The biggest boxing statistics site on the internet, Boxrec, have calculated that there are around 6000 boxing belts worldwide at different levels. Read full blog
The perfect heavyweight
At his best, Mike Tyson was the most feared boxer on earth. At that time he was highly rated by many experts. Read full blog
Heavyweight victory over future Prime Minister
Roy Ingram is possibly best remembered for his eighth round stoppage win over Roy Welensky at the Princess Theatre in Salisbury on August 14, 1927 for the Rhodesian heavyweight title. Read full blog
Two firsts for Sugarboy
Sugarboy Malinga has the distinction of being the first SA boxer to challenge for an IBF belt and also the first to win a WBC belt. Read full blog
Boxing has come a long way
Boxing, still seen by many critics as a brutal sport that should be outlawed, has come a long way. Read full blog
Banning will not stop boxing
Calls to ban boxing are again reverberating around the world and more so in Great Britain. Read full blog
Different scorecards
One of the strangest things in boxing is how experienced people in the game and even judges see it so different on the scorecards after a fight Read full blog
Black pioneers forgotten
The lack of information about black boxers who competed in the early days of prizefighting has been a notable feature of the sport's history and has led to them being forgotten. Read full blog
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

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Early boxing films in South Africa
Possibly the first boxing films to be shown in South Africa were in the early 1890s and boxing fans...

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Boxer who also set up the ring
Spectators who attend boxing tournaments seldom take much notice of the equipment.