Welsh Mnguni passes on

TOP Eastern Cape boxing mentor Welsh Mnguni has died.

TOP Eastern Cape boxing mentor Welsh Mnguni has died.

Welsh, 40 - nephew of accomplished trainer and manager-cum-promoter Mzimase Mnguni - died in his sleep on Friday night.

Sihle Mnguni, the youngest of the boxing family, yesterday told Sowetan that the family was still battling to come to terms with Mnguni's death.

"He was such a warm, respectful and responsible man. He was never sick. He spent his days at work and went straight home where he relaxed.

"At about 8.30pm his 12-year-old daughter, Zukhanye, noticed that her dad was not breathing and called her mother. They both tried to resuscitate him but to no avail," said a distraught Mnguni.

Boxing South Africa chairperson Peter Ngatane described Mnguni as "a very vocal and dedicated trainer".

Ngatane said Mnguni's death was a great loss to local boxing.

"He made a huge contribution to boxing. We will miss him a lot. We are in prayers with his family," Ngatane said.

Welsh joined Mzimase as an assistant trainer at the Eyethu Boxing Gym in the 1980s. Eyethu has produced more world champions than any gym in the country.

Mnguni opened his own gym in Duncan Village in the 1990s. On July 24, Mnguni guided Thando "The Slugger" Vukuza to the national featherweight title.