Boxing World Mourns As Two-Division Champion Dingaan Thobela Dies At 57

Former three-time world champion Dingaan Thobelo has died aged 57. 

According to reports, the South African was found dead in his apartment in Mayfair, Johannesburg. There were worries over his welfare after Thobelo did not respond to his phone calls. Thobela had reportedly been struggling with an illness, although the cause of death has not been revealed.  

The boxer turned pro in 1986, following an 80-3 amateur record. He went 22-0-1 before winning his first world title, beating Mauricio Aceves for the WBO Lightweight Belt via a split decision in 1990. However, he failed to follow that success, losing to Tony Lopez three years later in a WBA Lightweight Title clash. Thobela won the rematch before losing the WBA belt to Orzubek Nazarov in 1994.

Thobela’s career did have a resurgence. He defeated Glenn Catley in 2000 to win the WBC Super Middleweight Title, as he stopped the Brit in the final round. Thobela became a three-time world champ in two weight classes, retiring with a 40-14-2 record. Tributes have poured in for the fighter. 

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