|Real name||Jeffrey Mathebula|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
22 June 1979 |
Malamulele, South Africa
|Wins by KO||14|
Jeffrey Mathebula (born 22 June 1979 in Malamulele, South Africa) is a professional boxer was IBF junior featherweight champion and is ranked as the sixth best super bantamweight in the world by The Ring.
Mathebula competed for his native country at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia in the Men's Featherweight (– 57 kg) division, where he defeated Noureddine Madjhoud in the first round and lost to Bekzat Sattarkhanov in the second round. He finished his amateur career with a record of 101–4.
Mathebula made his professional debut on February 17, 2001, and has been managed and trained by Nick Durandt and promoted by Branco Sports Promotions. He fought to a draw with Malcolm Klassen in a six round bout in Temba, North West in September 2004.
Mathebula defeated Julio Zarate via a unanimous decision with the scores of 117–109 twice and 118–109 in an IBF super bantamweight title eliminator in Temba on August 29, 2008, after knocking him down twice in the tenth-round. He was supposed to challenge the then IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor, but Molitor lost to Celestino Caballero. Hence, Mathebula fought against Caballero for the WBA Super World and IBF World super bantamweight title. However, he lost his first world title shot against Caballero via a split decision at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama on April 30, 2009.
After losing to Takalani Ndlovu via a split decision in an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator in Brakpan, Gauteng in September 2010, Mathebula defeated Ndlovu via a split decision in their rematch in Brakpan to be crowned the IBF junior featherweight champion. It was the SABC-televised first boxing event after one year interruption.
Mathebula v. Donaire
In one of the more defining and memorable fights of Jeffrey Mathebula's career, Mathebula fought the hard-hitting, WBO Super Bantamweight Champion Nonito Donaire (29–1 18 KO's). Donaire is rated by The Ring as the number five pound-for-pound boxer in the world. It was a unification fight for IBF and WBO Super Bantamweight belts. The bout was Live on HBO Boxing After Dark on July 7, 2012 at The Home Depot Center in Carson, California. Donaire defeated Methebula by unanimous decision. Donaire knocked Mathebula down in round four, breaking his jaw in two places.
Professional boxing record
|Win||27-4-2||Takalani Ndlovu||UD||12(12)||23/03/2013||Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Loss||26-4-2||Nonito Donaire||UD||12(12)||07/07/2012||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA||for WBO and Lost IBF (Super Bantamweight) title|
|Win||26-3-2||Takalani Ndlovu||SD||12(12)||24/03/2012||Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa||Won IBF (Super Bantamweight) title|
|Win||25-3-2||Oscar Chauke||SD||12(12)||11/06/2011||Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa||IBF (super bantamweight) eliminator for the #2-spot|
|Win||24-3-2||Siviwe Hasheni||TKO||2(8)||30/10/2010||Mafikeng University Hall, Mafikeng, North-West, South Africa||IBF (Super Bantamweight) eliminator|
|Loss||23-3-2||Takalani Ndlovu||SD||12(12)||01/09/2010||Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||23-2-2||Rashid Ally||KO||4(6)||20/11/2009||Wembley Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Loss||22-2-2||Celestino Caballero||SD||12(12)||30/04/2009||Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama||WBA Super World (super bantamweight) title IBF (super bantamweight) title|
|Win||22-1-2||Julio Zarate||UD||12(12)||29/08/2008||Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa||IBF (Super Bantamweight) title eliminator|
|Win||21-1-2||Yoshinori Miyata||TKO||8(12)||22/02/2008||Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa||Retain WBC International (Featherweight) title|
|Win||20-1-2||Themba Tshicila||RTD||11(12)||29/06/2007||Orient Theatre, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa||Retain WBC International (Featherweight) title|
|Win||19-1-2||Mkhuseli Kondile||KO||2(10)||08/12/2006||Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||18-1-2||Aaron Melgarejo||UD||12(12)||30/06/2006||Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa||Retain WBC International (Featherweight) title|
|Win||17-1-2||Osumanu Akaba||UD||12(12)||30/09/2005||Graceland Hotel Casino, Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa||Won WBC International (Featherweight) title|
|Win||16-1-2||Oscar Chauke||PTS||6(6)||15/04/2005||Sunnypark Shopping Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Draw||15-1-2||Malcolm Klassen||PTS||6(6)||28/09/2004||Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||15-1-1||Elias Skhosana||PTS||6(6)||23/07/2004||Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||14-1-1||Sonwabo Matayi||PTS||6(6)||24/02/2004||Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Loss||13-1-1||Thomas Mashaba||TKO||6(12)||30/09/2003||Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa||vacant South African super bantamweight title|
|Win||13-0-1||Oupa Lubisi||TKO||3(12)||31/05/2003||Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa||Retain IBO Inter-Continental (super bantamweight) title|
|Win||12-0-1||Bonani Hlwatika||UD||12(12)||15/02/2003||Meropa Sun Casino, Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa||Won IBO Inter-Continental (super bantamweight) title|
|Win||11-1-0||Petros Motsoahole||KO||1(6)||22/11/2002||Portuguese Hall, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||10-0-1||Martin Mnyandu||PTS||6(6)||05/10/2002||Wembley Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Draw||9-0-1||Bonani Hlwatika||PTS||6(6)||27/08/2002||Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||9-0||Wladimir Borov||PTS||6(6)||15/05/2002||Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||8-0||Ebenezer Tumane||TKO||3(6)||27/03/2002||Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||7-0||Molefe Benzane||TKO||4(8)||06/02/2002||Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||6-0||Koos Sibiya||KO||2(6)||24/10/2001||Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||5-0||Dumisani Zulu||TKO||1(6)||19/09/2001||Ubuntu Kraal Resort, Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||4-0||Takatso Hlahane||PTS||4(4)||22/08/2001||Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||3-0||Tshumbedzo Tshishonge||KO||3(4)||02/06/2001||Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||2-0||Goodman Mavuso||TKO||2(4)||09/05/2001||Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa|
|Win||1-0||Tally Disoloane||KO||3(4)||17/02/2001||Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa||Pro debut for Mathebula a 2000 Olympian|
- Anson Wainwright (May 24, 2011). "Q & A with Jeffrey "The Mongoose" Mathebula". 15rounds.com. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
- "Jeffrey Mathebula Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- Boxing Ratings – Jr. Featherweight RingTV
- "Donaire & Rios Headline July 7th Card". Top Rank. June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- Dan Rafael (September 1, 2008). "Valuev gets past Ruiz; Calderon outfoxes Cazares for technical decision". ESPN. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
- "Easy for Klassen and Fana". SuperSport. August 28, 2008. Retrieved May 31, 2012.
- Robert Coster (May 1, 2009). "Caballero retains title!". Fightnews.com. Retrieved March 15, 2012.
- SAPA (March 25, 2012). "Mathebula dethrones Ndlovu". The Post. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- Ramatsiyi Moholoa (March 22, 2012). "SABC throws boxing a lifeline". The Sowetan. Retrieved March 22, 2012.
|IBF Junior Featherweight Champion
March 24, 2012 – July 7, 2012