Jabu Malinga Dies

One of South Africa's best known trainers and boxing personalities, Jabu Malinga, has died at the age of 56.

Malinga, who was born Josiah Malinga on November 26, 1956 passed away at his home in Katlehong east of Johannesburg on Monday night (May7) after a long illness.

Jabu had a few fights in the professional ring as a light weight and was trained by Norman Hlabane, but later became a prominent figure as manager and trainer of his three sons Peter, Patrick and Vusi.

He also trained Nkululeko Mhlongo, the SA junior middle weight champion.

Malinga's eldest son, Peter, was a top-class boxer who fought from 1991 to 2006 and won the SA welter weight title in April 1996 when he beat Aaron Kabi. He won the WBU welter weight title in June the same year when he knocked out Alessandro Duran in the third round.

Peter lost in a challenge for the WBO welter weight title against Achmed Kotiev but won the IBO belt in October 1999 with a points victory over Spencer McCracken in Coventry, England.

Patrick, who still boxes, is a former SA light weight champion and Vusi, the youngest, is a former SA and WBC international bantam weight champion.

Vusi has also tried twice to win a "world" title but was beaten by Houzumi Hasegawa for the WBC bantam weight title and by Leo Santa Cruz for the IBF bantam weight belt.

Jabu will be remembered as an immaculate dresser who wore a white hat at ringside when we was not in the corner, guiding one of his sons.