The dad’s army of SA boxing

2015-02-01 15:00

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South African boxing has a knockout record of talented fighters who have been groomed by their fathers.

There is little doubt these second-generation boxers have made an impression on local and international stages because of the skills imparted by their accomplished dads.

But who are these dedicated trainer dads, who notice and nurture their children’s talent at an early age?

Jabulani Malinga, who died two years ago, made a meaningful contribution to boxing by steering his boys (Vusi, Peter and Patrick) to the top.

Vusi secured the SA bantamweight title as well as the World Boxing Organisation Africa and World Boxing Council international crowns. Peter lifted the World Boxing Union and International Boxing Union welterweight championship titles, while Patrick won the national lightweight trophy.

Former SA middleweight titleholder Charles Oosthuizen certainly shaped the career of his son. Thomas, known as the International Boxing Organisation’s middleweight kingpin, is the country’s top boxer in the division.

Stanley Ndlovu played a pivotal role in Takalani’s career, steering him to the International Boxing Federation’s junior-featherweight crown against Canadian Steve Molitor in 2011.

Flip Coetzee led son Gerrie into the annals of South African boxing history when he secured the World Boxing Association’s heavyweight crown after knocking out American Michael Dokes in 1983.

Andries Steyn Sr trained sons Stoffel, Andries Jr, Gert and Japie, all of whom hold established boxing records.

The Toweels are perhaps the most prominent boxing family in the country. Mike Toweel’s sons – Jimmy, Victor, Fraser, Willie and Alan – have all made an impression.

Fraser was an SA super-middleweight champion while Jimmy held the national lightweight championship title. Victor became the country’s first boxer to win a world title when he won the world bantamweight championship in 1950. Willie scooped the Olympic bronze medal in Finland two years later. He held four national titles and was the first local boxer to fight at Madison Square Garden in the United States.

Alan became a top mentor, coaching former International Boxing Federation junior lightweight Brian Mitchell.

Other noteworthy names include:

»?Dup du Plooy, whose son Johnny became the country’s leading heavyweight;

»?Leslie Whiteboy, who trained Derrick (SA bantamweight champ), Chris (SA super-featherweight kingpin), Bramley, Ashley and

Trevor; and

»?Bernie Taylor, who directed his son Brett to SA junior-welterweight championship glory.

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