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