Jeffrey Mathebula

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Jeffrey Mathebula
Statistics
Real name Jeffrey Mathebula
Nickname(s) Mongoose[1]
Rated at Featherweight
Super Bantamweight
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[2]
Nationality South African
Born (1979-06-22) 22 June 1979 (age 36)
Malamulele, South Africa
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 27
Wins by KO 14
Losses 4
Draws 2
No contests 0

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.[3]

Amateur career[edit]

Mathebula competed for his native country at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney 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.[2] He finished his amateur career with a record of 101–4.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Mathebula made his professional debut on 17 February 2001, and has been managed and trained by Nick Durandt and promoted by Branco Sports Promotions.[1] He fought to a draw with Malcolm Klassen in a six round bout in Temba, North West in September 2004.[5]

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 29 August 2008, after knocking him down twice in the tenth-round. He was supposed to challenge the then IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor,[5][6] 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 30 April 2009.[1][7]

After losing to Takalani Ndlovu via a split decision in an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator in Brakpan, Gauteng in September 2010,[1] Mathebula defeated Ndlovu via a split decision in their rematch in Brakpan to be crowned the IBF junior featherweight champion.[8] It was the SABC-televised first boxing event after one year interruption.[9]

Mathebula v. Donaire[edit]

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 7 July 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.[10][11]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Res Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 27–4–2 South AfricaTakalani Ndlovu UD 12(12) 23 March 2013 Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa
Loss 26–4–2 PhilippinesNonito Donaire UD 12(12) 7 July 2012 Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA for WBO and Lost IBF (Super Bantamweight) title
Win 26–3–2 South AfricaTakalani Ndlovu SD 12(12) 24 March 2012 Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa Won IBF (Super Bantamweight) title
Win 25–3–2 South AfricaOscar Chauke SD 12(12) 11 June 2011 Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa IBF (super bantamweight) eliminator for the #2-spot
Win 24–3–2 South AfricaSiviwe Hasheni TKO 2(8) 30 October 2010 Mafikeng University Hall, Mafikeng, North-West, South Africa IBF (Super Bantamweight) eliminator
Loss 23–3–2 South AfricaTakalani Ndlovu SD 12(12) 1 September 2010 Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 23–2–2 TanzaniaRashid Ally KO 4(6) 20 November 2009 Wembley Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Loss 22–2–2 PanamaCelestino Caballero SD 12(12) 30 April 2009 Arena Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama WBA Super World (super bantamweight) title IBF (super bantamweight) title
Win 22–1–2 MexicoJulio Zarate UD 12(12) 29 August 2008 Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa IBF (Super Bantamweight) title eliminator
Win 21–1–2 JapanYoshinori Miyata TKO 8(12) 22 February 2008 Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa Retain WBC International (Featherweight) title
Win 20–1–2 South AfricaThemba Tshicila RTD 11(12) 29 June 2007 Orient Theatre, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa Retain WBC International (Featherweight) title
Win 19–1–2 South AfricaMkhuseli Kondile KO 2(10) 8 December 2006 Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 18–1–2 United StatesAaron Melgarejo UD 12(12) 30 June 2006 Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa Retain WBC International (Featherweight) title
Win 17–1–2 GhanaOsumanu Akaba UD 12(12) 30 September 2005 Graceland Hotel Casino, Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa Won WBC International (Featherweight) title
Win 16–1–2 South AfricaOscar Chauke PTS 6(6) 15 April 2005 Sunnypark Shopping Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Draw 15–1–2 South AfricaMalcolm Klassen PTS 6(6) 28 September 2004 Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa
Win 15–1–1 South AfricaElias Skhosana PTS 6(6) 23 July 2004 Carousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa
Win 14–1–1 South AfricaSonwabo Matayi PTS 6(6) 24 February 2004 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
Loss 13–1–1 South AfricaThomas Mashaba TKO 6(12) 30 September 2003 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa vacant South African super bantamweight title
Win 13–0–1 South AfricaOupa Lubisi TKO 3(12) 31 May 2003 Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa Retain IBO Inter-Continental (super bantamweight) title
Win 12–0–1 South AfricaBonani Hlwatika UD 12(12) 15 February 2003 Meropa Sun Casino, Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa Won IBO Inter-Continental (super bantamweight) title
Win 11–1–0 South AfricaPetros Motsoahole KO 1(6) 22 November 2002 Portuguese Hall, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 10–0–1 South AfricaMartin Mnyandu PTS 6(6) 5 October 2002 Wembley Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Draw 9–0–1 South AfricaBonani Hlwatika PTS 6(6) 27 August 2002 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 9–0 BulgariaWladimir Borov PTS 6(6) 15 May 2002 Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 8–0 South AfricaEbenezer Tumane TKO 3(6) 27 March 2002 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 7–0 South AfricaMolefe Benzane TKO 4(8) 6 February 2002 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 6–0 South AfricaKoos Sibiya KO 2(6) 24 October 2001 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 5–0 South AfricaDumisani Zulu TKO 1(6) 19 September 2001 Ubuntu Kraal Resort, Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 4–0 South AfricaTakatso Hlahane PTS 4(4) 22 August 2001 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 3–0 South AfricaTshumbedzo Tshishonge KO 3(4) 2 June 2001 Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 2–0 South AfricaGoodman Mavuso TKO 2(4) 9 May 2001 Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 1–0 South AfricaTally Disoloane KO 3(4) 17 February 2001 Carnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa Pro debut for Mathebula a 2000 Olympian

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Anson Wainwright (24 May 2011). "Q & A with Jeffrey "The Mongoose" Mathebula". 15rounds.com. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Jeffrey Mathebula Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Boxing Ratings – Jr. Featherweight RingTV
  4. ^ "Donaire & Rios Headline July 7th Card". Top Rank. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Dan Rafael (1 September 2008). "Valuev gets past Ruiz; Calderon outfoxes Cazares for technical decision". ESPN. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Easy for Klassen and Fana". SuperSport. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 31 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Robert Coster (1 May 2009). "Caballero retains title!". Fightnews.com. Retrieved 15 March 2012. 
  8. ^ SAPA (25 March 2012). "Mathebula dethrones Ndlovu". The Post. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
  9. ^ Ramatsiyi Moholoa (22 March 2012). "SABC throws boxing a lifeline". The Sowetan. Retrieved 22 March 2012. 
  10. ^ Maloney L. Samaco (7 July 2012). "Who is Jeffrey Mathebula?". PhilBoxing.com. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  11. ^ Dan Rafael (25 July 2012). "Jeffrey Mathebula has jaw surgery". ESPN. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
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Preceded by
Takalani Ndlovu
IBF Junior Featherweight Champion
24 March 2012 – 7 July 2012
Succeeded by
Nonito Donaire