Cape Town - Willie Toweel, one of the legends of the South African boxing ring and the last of the fighting Toweel's, passed away at his home on Christmas evening.
He was 83.
Toweel, who was trained by his father "Papa Mike", claimed a bronze medal for South Africa at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki.
He was undoubtedly one of the best fighters South Africa ever produced and retired at the age of 27 with a record of 46-6-2, including 23 wins inside the distance.
Toweel became a boxing trainer following his pro career and lived in Randburg until his death.
Here's how Twitter reacted to his passing:
One of the titans of SA boxing is gone. RIP Willie Toweel, one of the members of the eminent Toweel boxing dynasty who graced Madison Square Garden and closed out his career against the great Emile Griffith.— Clinton van der Berg (@ClintonV) December 26, 2017
Boxing legend Willie Toweel, passed away. May he rest in peace, "Mooi loop Oom Willie!"— Kobus Wiese (@4KobusWiese) December 27, 2017
Boxing legend Willie Toweel has died. https://t.co/HjuZ7cqeuo— Mandy Wiener (@MandyWiener) December 26, 2017
RIP Willie Toweelhttps://t.co/zDzSn4smf4— Alex Jay (@AlexJayZA) December 26, 2017