‘Invincible’ ex-prisoner Jubatha sees a future world championship

2011-12-17 15:58

Former ex-prisoner Sabelo Jubatha embodies the axiom: “You can’t keep a good man down.”

He accomplished this by winning the national featherweight crown for the second time, beating Simphiwe Tom in a fourth-round knockout at East London’s Orient Theatre nine days ago.

Against seemingly insurmountable odds, Jubatha (29) astounded the fighting fraternity by regaining the crown.

He is a parolee who served eight years at the Middledrift Maximum Security Prison and Mdantsane Correctional Services for armed robbery.

The man who was released in 2008 pledged to remain unstoppable.

“I told myself that no one will stand in my way because I am determined to become a world champion,” said Jubatha.

His promoter Siphatho Handi said the fighter was subjected to a psychological programme that turned him into an “invincible boxer”.

“In addition to exploiting the expertise of a psychologist, we also have a dietician at the gym monitoring Jubatha thoroughly,” said Handi.

Jubatha initially wore the crown when he beat Thando Vukuza in a 10th-round knockout a year ago.

He was supposed to meet Tom in the ring in March, but twisted his ankle. Boxing South Africa (BSA) “unfairly” deposed the champion because it disproved the validity of his medical certificate.

Jubatha’s camp and BSA were engaged in a bout of protracted mudslinging, but because the fighter was not available to defend his title against Tom, it was subsequently declared vacant.

Regardless of this setback, Jubatha kept training like a Spartan and his dedication paid priceless dividends when he got a second crack at Tom?.?.?.?and won.

Tom kissed the canvas in the first round after absorbing a haymaker from Jubatha, who courageously fought back as he was pounded from all angles.

Jubatha pressed home his advantage in round four and Tom, who collapsed, had to be rushed to hospital.

A sense of empowerment has seemingly been instilled in Jubatha – so much so that he believes he can conquer the world.

Jubatha was spotted by Luyanda Kana, an ex-political prisoner who opened a boxing academy at the prison.

Said Kana: “I am pleased that we are reaping benefits after asking Handi to join forces with me in encouraging these men not to engage in crime.”

Will Jubatha, who has 14 paid fights, 13 victories, eight by knockout, and a defeat, turn his dream of becoming a world champion into reality?

Only time will tell.

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