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By unknown | Feb 29, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Peter "Terror" Mathebula, the first black South African boxer to win a world title, wants to plough back into the community.

Speaking at the Randfontein Sports Council awards ceremony on Wednesday night, Mathebula said he was toying with the idea of opening a boxing gym.

"Boxing is still in my blood. There is no way I can turn my back on it. The problem is that I don't have money to finance some of the projects I have in mind," said the unemployed Mathebula.

"There are many talented youngsters here in Randfontein, who need to be properly developed to become world champions.

"The support I got from the community was great when I was still a boxer, I feel I also need to do something as a way of thanking them.

" I need a small facility where I will be able to train young boxers.

"I hope the municipality will do something in that regard,"

Mathebula made history when he won the WBA flyweight title after defeating Tae Shik Kim in the United States in 1980.

On Wednesday he was one of the town's sports greats who were honoured at a function addressed by councillor Ntombi Mavuso, who praised Mathebula, Joseph Setlhodi, Jan Bergman, Malcolm Claasen and Bobang Phiri for putting Randfontein on the international map.

"We are proud that you made this small dorpie popular globally in the sporting codes in which you excelled," Mavuso said.

She hailed the formation of the Randfontein Sports Council, a body that is represented by various sporting codes.

Its members include former Central Gauteng Athletics development manager Dorah Mngevu, former professional soccer player Bongani "Ace" Duiker and athletics coach Butch Grobbelaar.

Soccer legend Patrick "Ace" Ntsoelengoe, who was represented at the ceremony by his wife Thato and other relatives, was honoured posthumously.

Sowetan has also learnt that preparations are at an advanced stage to shoot a movie about Ntsoelengoe's life.


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