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Stars are out for Galada's funeral

By unknown | Jan 20, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

The funeral of Ludumo Galada last Saturday in Mdantsane played host to a galaxy of current and former boxing stars.

Yesteryear legends such as Jackie "Pressure Cooker" Gunguluza, Vuyani "The Beast" Bungu, Mpush "Lion King" Makambi and Lindi "School Boy" Memani, as well as current prodigies such as Khotso "Masterpiece" Motau, Ali "Rush Hour" Funeka and Nkonisathi "Mabhere" Joyi, were there to pay their last respects.

Galada, 26, died two weeks ago in a car crash near Aliwal North.

He was scheduled to defend the WBF featherweight title this Friday against Takalani Ndlovu.

Galada turned professional in 2005 and rose to prominence in the professional ranks by winning the Baby Champs development tournament in its inaugural year in 2005.

He added the SA strap in 2007. Galada made three successful defences before winning the WBF belt last year.

He defended it in November, knocking out Argentinian Pedro Navarrete in two rounds.

That was Galada's eighth short-route win in 16 victories.

Speaking on behalf of Boxing SA, Loyiso Mtya encouraged fighters to continue where "Pretty Boy" left off.

"He was like Moses who was told about the promised land but did not see it. Pick up the spear and fight on," he said.

A huge disappointment was the no show of fighters from around the country who passed up the chance to bid farewell to their representative in the National Boxers Association.

Only Gauteng was represented by Jan Bergman, Motau and pastor Hawk Makepula.


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