Jake Tuli made history for South Africa - by Jeff Ellis
Jake Tuli (born Jacob N'Tuli) became the first black South African to win a British Empire title when he beat Teddy Gardner in Newcastle, England on September 8, 1952. This man of honour became one of his countries' most popular ambassadors.
Unfortunately tragedy struck in what was to be his unlucky thirteenth fight when Frenchman Honore Pratesi collapsed and died after the fight.
I was privileged to meet Jake on numerous occasions and will always remember him because of his humble and mannerly approach.
He retired from the ring in 1967 with a record of 31 wins, 14 losses and 2 draws, and with 18 wins coming inside the distance.