Thulani Malinga

Thulani Malinga

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Thulani "Sugarboy" Malinga (born December 11, 1955 in Ladysmith, South Africa, was a professional boxer in the Super Middleweight (168lb) division, and was twice WBC super middleweight champion.

Professional career

Known as "Sugar Boy", Malinga turned pro in 1981 after compiling an amateur Record of 185-10, beginning his career with a first-round T.K.O. of Victor Zulu on August 8, 1981. Malinga held several championship titles during a twenty year career as a Middleweight, Super Middleweight, and Light Heavyweight, fighting memorable bouts against Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank, and Roy Jones Jr. among others.

In 1989 he got his first shot at a title, taking on IBF Super Middleweight Title holder Graciano Rocchigiani. Malinga lost a decision, and the next year took on Lindell Holmes again for the IBF Super Middleweight Title. He again lost via decision, and in 1992 got a shot at the WBO Super Middleweight Title against Chris Eubank, but Malinga was dropped in the 5th and lost a close decision. Three months later he was also to lose a close decision - by just half a point - against Nigel Benn. After many fights in his native South Africa - and a further loss, by KO to Roy Jones Jr. in the US - he landed another shot at the title, against Benn, now the reigning WBC Super Middleweight Title holder. Malinga scored an upset against Benn (despite suffering a knockdown) to win the title, but lost the title in his first defense against Vincenzo Nardiello. He...
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