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Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

The pillar of the National Boxers Association, a true boxers' hero, collapsed.

Deputy chairman Ludumo Galada, who was in the forefront of this structure that fought for the rights of fighters, has died.

He was killed in a car accident on Sunday morning. Galada, who also held the World Boxing Foundation featherweight title, died at the young age of 26.

This soft-spoken yet straight-talking fighter from Mdantsane will be buried tomorrow after a service at KwaBhengu Church in Mdantsane.

Nicknamed "Pretty Boy", Galada was trained by Boyboy Mpulampula at the Enothole Boxing Gym in Mdantsane.

Galada's blossoming career was guided by S'Phatho Handi, who doubled as his manager. The news of Galada's death came as a shock - hearts sank at the thought of it.

He started boxing at a young age.

The fallen boxer, who represented South Africa in a number of international events such as the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, graduated to the professional ranks in 2005.

He made an immediate impact by winning the Baby Champs title in its inaugural year in 2005.

He won the South African featherweight title in 2007 and defended the belt three times. This bright star added the World Boxing Foundation belt to his collection last November, winning in one round.

That victory forced him to vacate the South African title. He was scheduled to make the second defence of the international title next Friday against Takalani Ndlovu.

Those who knew him better say this good-looking boxer, who could also have done well as a model, was a no-nonsense individual.

Some say he knew exactly what he wanted in life.

A born-again Christian, Galada is survived by his parents.


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