The hitters keep coming from Malinga clan

THERE seems to be no end to the quality boxers coming out of the acclaimed Malinga clan, which originates from KwaZulu-Natal.

THERE seems to be no end to the quality boxers coming out of the acclaimed Malinga clan, which originates from KwaZulu-Natal.

They became known in this pugilistic sport through Maxwell Malinga, who made his professional debut in 1968 at the Steadeville Stadium in Ladysmith.

"Ali" or "Black Hero" from Escourt in the Natal Midlands won the Natal and SA non-white welterweight, junior middleweight and SA middleweight belts.

He retired in 1981 with a record of 41 wins (12 KOs), 15 losses and three draws.

Maxwell died on January 30 2006 at the age of 58.

But the baton had long since been passed to his nephew, Thulani "Sugarboy" Malinga.

He won the Natal and SA middleweight, super middle and light heavyweight belts.

Thulani made history in 1996 by becoming the South African fighter ever to win the WBC super middleweight belt, which he annexed from British star Nigel Benn.

He hung up his boxing gloves in 2000.

While he was still active, his Johannesburg-based cousin Jabulani's sons Peter, Patrick and Vus'Umuzi Malinga were making waves, with Jabulani as their trainer.

Peter won the Transvaal, SA, IBO and WBU welterweight belts. He retired in 2006. Patrick won the SA junior lightweight strap, which he still holds.

Vus'Umuzi held the SA and WBC International bantamweight straps.

Jabulani Malinga was a professional fighter. Though he did not go very far as a pugilist, he has done well as a mentor.

Maxwell's sons, Mthokozisi and Faizel Malinga, are keeping the home fires burning in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mthokozisi, who has five wins from nine fights, campaigns in the middleweight division. He is ranked second nationally, while Faizel, a junior middleweight fighter with five knockouts from six wins, is yet to earn a rating.

Faizel will be in action in Durban against a yet to be confirmed opponent on June 16.

"Watch the space. There is another Malinga around the corner," warned KwaZulu-Natal promoter Thulani Magudulela.

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