SA boxing champ shot dead, allegedly by police officer boyfriend

accreditation
Leighandre Jegels is also a karateka
Picture: Sijuta Promotions
Leighandre Jegels is also a karateka Picture: Sijuta Promotions

Cape Town - South African female boxing champion Leighandre "Baby Lee" Jegels has been shot dead on Friday, allegedly by her police officer boyfriend.

She was 25.

According to Dispatch Live website, the incident took place on Friday following a high speed chase in the Eastern Cape at around 14:00.

Jegels was reportedly shot by her police officer boyfriend. The boxer's mother was also wounded during the shooting and was rushed to the hospital.

According to the publication, the officer is being hunted down by members of his own unit and remains at large.

Jegels has not fought since August 2017 and has an unbeaten record of 9-0 with 7 knockouts.

She was expected to make her comeback in July in Saudi Arabia, however the tour was cancelled after the kingdom "revoked the move saying that women shouldn't be involved in boxing, wrestling or any aggressive sport".

Compiled by: Lynn Butler
We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For only R75 per month, you have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today.
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What is your favourite sport to watch on TV?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Rugby
40% - 15107 votes
Cricket
12% - 4672 votes
Football
19% - 7075 votes
Athletics
3% - 992 votes
Boxing
1% - 374 votes
Cycling
2% - 910 votes
Golf
5% - 1919 votes
Motorsport
9% - 3272 votes
Tennis
4% - 1360 votes
Water sports
1% - 345 votes
American sports
1% - 470 votes
MMA / WWE / UFC
3% - 1265 votes
Vote