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'Terror' Mathebula joins Mokone's gym

By Bongani Magasela | Jun 22, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

FORMER world champion Peter "Terror" Mathebula is back to boxing.

FORMER world champion Peter "Terror" Mathebula is back to boxing.

The unheralded former WBA and South African flyweight champion has joined forces with the productive yet underrated boxing trainer Winston Mokone.

Their mission is to build the sport in Mohlakeng, on the West Rand, where they believe there is an abundance of boxing talent.

Mokone did not make it to the top as a fighter despite the attention of trainers Bokkie Martins and Joe Bokker.

He now runs Churchill Boxing Academy in Mohlakeng. Two of his six promising professional fighters are Nicholas Modibeng and Oupa Maimane.

Mokone said Mathebula joined him recently after a lengthy discussion.

"I'm happy he finally agreed to be part of my gym and his vast knowledge of boxing will come in handy for my boxers. He is an influential figure," Mokone said yesterday.

"This is the man who actually influenced me to box. He was once my trainer.

"He had his own gym then but unfortunately it did not last long. He is excellent at holding pads."

Mathebula, who could not be reached yesterday, won the WBA belt from Tae-Shik Kim at the Olympic Auditorium in Los Angeles on December 13 1980.

He lost that title in his first defence, a seventh-round stoppage to Santos Laciar at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on March 28 1981.

He lost four of his nine following fights. He hung up his gloves after winning the Transvaal bantamweight title against Jacob Molefe at Mphatlalatsane Hall in Sebokeng on August 12 1983.

Mathebula achieved an impressive fight record of 36 wins (17 KOs) against nine losses.


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