Former boxing champ's case postponed

2015-07-20 13:26

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Johannesburg – The court case against former boxing champion Dingaan "Rose of Soweto" Thobela has been postponed to August 27.

He appeared briefly in the Johannesburg Commercial Crime Court on Monday on charges relating to his funeral parlour. His R3 000 bail was extended.

Thobela's lawyer Dolph Jonker said the postponement is to allow time to gather “further particulars”.

The neatly dressed Thobela, 48, looked relaxed. He smiled as he left the court.

He is charged with contravening the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act.

He hung up his boxing gloves in 2008 and now makes a living through his burial business, The Rose Funeral Services CC. He is alleged to have used the business  to provide financial services, for which it is not registered.

"The entity mentioned above and/or the accused was/were involved in a business of providing financial services to the general public," according to his charge sheet.

It said in 2007 Thobela provided financial services to Jacobus Lebakeng and in 2008 to Anastacia Mia.

Thobela had an illustrious boxing career.

After compiling an amateur record of 80-3, Thobela turned professional in 1986 and won the WBO lightweight title in 1990 after beating Mexican boxer Mauricio Aceves.

After defending the belt three times, he relinquished the title and then challenged WBA lightweight title holder Tony Lopez in 1993, but lost in a hotly disputed decision. Later that year he rematched Lopez and won. Battling to make the weight, he lost the title in his first defence to Orzubek Nazarov and lost a rematch to Nazarov in 1994. He stopped WBF junior welterweight champion Kenny Vice in a non-title fight shortly after that.

Thobela later moved up significantly in weight class and in the twilight of his career in 2000 took on WBC super middleweight title holder Glenn Catley. He won with a 12th-round knockout in his second fight at the higher weight division.

He lost the title in his first defence to Dave Hilton Jr in a controversial split decision. The loss to Hilton was the beginning of the end for Thobela, who lost his next five fights, including a TKO loss to Eric Lucas for the WBC super middleweight title in 2001, and then to Mikkel Kessler and Lucian Bute.

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