Dingaan Thobela

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Dingaan Thobela
Statistics
Real name Dingaan Bongane Thobela
Nickname(s) The Rose of Soweto
Rated at Lightweight
Super Middleweight
Height 5 ft 7.5 in (1.71 m)
Nationality South Africa South African
Born (1966-09-24) 24 September 1966 (age 50)
Soweto, South Africa, South Africa
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 56
Wins 40
Wins by KO 26
Losses 14
Draws 2

Dingaan Bongane Thobela (born 24 September 1966 in Soweto, South Africa), is a professional boxer in the Super Middleweight (168lb) division.

Professional career[edit]

After compiling an amateur record of 80–3, Thobela, known as "The Rose of Soweto", turned pro in 1986 and won the WBO Lightweight Title in 1990 after beating Mauricio Aceves. After defending the belt three times, he relinquished the title and then challenged WBA Lightweight Title holder Tony Lopez in 1993, but lost a hotly disputed decision. Later that year he rematched Lopez, and won a decision to win the title. Battling to make the weight, he lost the title in his first defense to Orzubek Nazarov, and lost a rematch to Nazarov in 1994. He stopped WBF junior welterweight champion Kenny Vice in a non-title fight shortly after that.

Thobela later moved up significantly in weight class, and in the twilight of his career in 2000 took on WBC Super Middleweight Title holder Glenn Catley, winning the belt via a 12th-round KO in only his second fight at the higher weight limit.[1] He again lost the title in his first defense to Dave Hilton Jr via controversial split decision. The loss to Hilton was the beginning of the end for Thobela, who lost his next five fights, including a TKO loss to Eric Lucas for the WBC Super Middleweight Title in 2001 as well as later champions Mikkel Kessler and Lucian Bute.

Comeback[edit]

Thobela returned to the ring at the age of 40 and after an absence of nearly two years on 27 October 2006 when he challenged Soon Botes for the South African light heavyweight title at the Wembley Indoor Arena in Johannesburg, South Africa. He had defeated Botes back in 2000 to win the South African Super middleweight title. Many were surprised that the bout was sanctioned as Thobela failed to make the weight and his inactivity and age. Although Thobela dropped Botes he was clearly not conditioned to fight and did not come out for the tenth round.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
56 fights 40 wins 14 losses
By knockout 26 4
By decision 14 10
Draws 2
No contests 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
56 Loss 40-14-2 South Africa Soon Botes RTD 10 (12), 3:00 Oct 27, 2006 South Africa Wembley Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
55 Loss 40-13-2 Canada Lucian Bute TKO 4 (8), 1:22 Dec 3, 2004 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
54 Loss 40-12-2 Denmark Martin Nielsen UD 6 Dec 13, 2003 Denmark Falconer Centeret, Frederiksberg, Denmark
53 Loss 40-11-2 Canada Otis Grant UD 8 Nov 22, 2003 Canada Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
52 Loss 40-10-2 Denmark Mikkel Kessler UD 12 Nov 29, 2002 Denmark Falconer Centeret, Frederiksberg, Denmark For vacant IBA super middleweight title
51 Loss 40-9-2 Canada Eric Lucas TKO 8 (12), 2:15 Nov 30, 2001 Canada Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada For WBC World super middleweight title
50 Loss 40-8-2 Canada Dave Hilton, Jr. SD 12 Dec 15, 2000 Canada Molson Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada Lost WBC World super middleweight title
49 Win 40-7-2 United Kingdom Glenn Catley KO 12 (12), 2:53 Sep 1, 2000 South Africa Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa Won WBC World Super Middleweight title
48 Win 39-7-2 South Africa Soon Botes MD 12 Oct 27, 2006 South Africa Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa Won South African Super Middleweight Title
47 Loss 38-7-2 United Kingdom Cornelius Carr MD 12 Oct 31, 1999 United Kingdom David Lloyd Tennis Centre, Raynes Park, London, United Kingdom For WBF Middleweight Title
46 Win 38-6-2 Argentina Adrian Walter Daneff TKO 7 (12) Mar 6, 1999 South Africa Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa Won Vacant IBO welterweight title
45 Draw 37–6–2 Argentina Carlos Baldomir SD 12 Oct 28, 1998 South Africa Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa For vacant WBC International welterweight title
44 Win 37–6–1 United Kingdom Gary Murray TKO 4 (10) Oct 8, 1997 South Africa Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
43 Loss 36–6–1 United States Willy Wise SD 10 Mar 22, 1997 South Africa Wembley Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
42 Loss 36–5–1 United Kingdom Geoff McCreesh KO 2 (8), 2:59 Nov 5, 1996 South Africa Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
41 Win 36–4–1 United States Wayne Boudreaux KO 6 (10) Jun 25, 1996 South Africa Morula Sun Casino, Mabopane, North-West, South Africa
40 Win 35–4–1 United States Booker Kidd TKO 3 (10) Jun 25, 1996 United States Fernwood Resort, Bushkill, Pennsylvania, USA
39 Win 34–4–1 United Kingdom Mark McCreath TKO 9 (10) Nov 25, 1995 South Africa Basil Kenyon Stadium, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa
38 Win 33–4–1 Mexico Jaime Balboa KO 8 (10) Sep 26, 1995 South Africa Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
37 Win 32–4–1 Argentina Santiago Alfonso Ahumada TKO 2 (10), 1:34 Aug 19, 1995 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa
36 Win 31–4–1 United States Kenny Vice TKO 2 (10) May 6, 1995 South Africa Village Green, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
35 Win 30–4–1 United Kingdom Andreas Panayi TKO 2 (10) Feb 11, 1995 South Africa Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
34 Loss 29–4–1 United Kingdom Karl Taylor PTS 8 Nov 29, 1994 United Kingdom Cannock, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
33 Loss 29–3–1 Kyrgyzstan Orzubek Nazarov UD 12 Mar 19, 1994 South Africa Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa For WBA World Lightweight title
32 Loss 29–2–1 Kyrgyzstan Orzubek Nazarov UD 12 Oct 30, 1993 South Africa Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa Lost WBA World Lightweight title
31 Win 29–1–1 United States Tony Lopez UD 12 Jun 26, 1993 South Africa Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa Won WBA World Lightweight title
30 Loss 28–1–1 United States Tony Lopez UD 12 Feb 12, 1993 United States Arco Arena, Sacramento, California, USA For WBA lightweight title
29 win 28–0–1 United Kingdom Tony Foster PTS 8 Oct 31, 1992 United Kingdom Earls Court Exhibition Hall, Kensington, London, United Kingdom
28 win 27–0–1 United Kingdom Peter Till TKO 9 (10) Aug 15, 1992 South Africa Indoor Centre, Springs, Gauteng, South Africa
27 Win 26–0–1 Puerto Rico Antonio Rivera UD 12 Sep 14, 1991 South Africa Standard Bank Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa Retained WBO World Lightweight title
26 win 25–0–1 Colombia Amancio Castro UD 10 Jul 13, 1991 South Africa Standard Bank Arena Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
25 Win 24–0–1 Mexico Mario Martínez UD 12 Mar 2, 1991 United States Exhibit Hall, San Jose, California, USA Retained WBO World Lightweight title
24 Win 23–0–1 Mexico Mauricio Aceves SD 12 Sep 22, 1990 United States Intl. Convention Center, Brownsville, Texas, USA Won WBOWorld Lightweight title
23 win 22–0–1 United States Pascual Aranda TKO 4 (10) Jul 23, 1990 United States Dallas, Texas, USA
22 win 21–0–1 Mexico Mauricio Aceves RTD 7 (10), 3:00 Apr 27, 1990 United States Point Cadet Plaza, Biloxi, Mississippi, USA

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Catley loses world crown". BBC Sports. 2 September 2000. Archived from the original on 23 June 2003. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Potgieter, Deon (2009) Rose of Soweto: The Dingaan Thobela Story Penguin, Johannesburg, South Africa, ISBN 978-0-14-302615-0

External links[edit]

Achievements
Preceded by
Mauricio Aceves
WBO Lightweight Champion
22 Sep 1990–1991
Vacates
Succeeded by
Giovanni Parisi
Preceded by
Tony Lopez
WBA Lightweight Champion
26 Jun 1993 – 30 Oct 1993
Succeeded by
Orzubek Nazarov
Preceded by
Glenn Catley
WBC Super Middleweight Champion
1 Sep 2000 – 15 Dec 2000
Succeeded by
Dave Hilton, Jr.