Dingaan 'Rose of Soweto' Thobela back in court

2015-07-20 05:10

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Johannesburg - Boxing legend Dingaan "Rose of Soweto" Thobela is expected back in the Johannesburg Commercial Crimes Court on Monday on charges related to his funeral service business.

At his previous appearance on June 9, the case was postponed to allow Thobela to consult his attorney.

He is accused of contravening the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services Act, after failing to register his funeral business. He is out on R3 000 bail.

Thobela, 48, after compiling an amateur record of 80-3, turned professional in 1986 and won the WBO Lightweight title in 1990 after beating 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 a hotly disputed decision. Later that year, in a re-match with Lopez, he won. Battling to make the weight, he lost the title in his first defence to Orzubek Nazarov, and lost a re-match 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 knock-out in only his second fight at the higher weight limit.

He again lost the title in his first defence to Dave Hilton Jnr in 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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