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 35)
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, 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.[2] He finished his amateur career with a record of 101–4.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Mathebula made his professional debut on February 17, 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 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,[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 April 30, 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 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.[10][11]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Res Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Win 27-4-2 South AfricaTakalani Ndlovu UD 12(12) 23/03/2013 South AfricaBrakpan, Gauteng, South Africa
Loss 26-4-2 PhilippinesNonito Donaire UD 12(12) 07/07/2012 United StatesHome Depot Center, Carson, California, USA for WBO and Lost IBF (Super Bantamweight) title
Win 26-3-2 South AfricaTakalani Ndlovu SD 12(12) 24/03/2012 South AfricaCarnival City Casino, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa Won IBF (Super Bantamweight) title
Win 25-3-2 South AfricaOscar Chauke SD 12(12) 11/06/2011 South AfricaCarnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa IBF (super bantamweight) eliminator for the #2-spot
Win 24-3-2 South AfricaSiviwe Hasheni TKO 2(8) 30/10/2010 South AfricaMafikeng University Hall, Mafikeng, North-West, South Africa IBF (Super Bantamweight) eliminator
Loss 23-3-2 South AfricaTakalani Ndlovu SD 12(12) 01/09/2010 South AfricaCarnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 23-2-2 TanzaniaRashid Ally KO 4(6) 20/11/2009 South AfricaWembley Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Loss 22-2-2 PanamaCelestino Caballero SD 12(12) 30/04/2009 PanamaArena Roberto Duran, Panama City, Panama WBA Super World (super bantamweight) title IBF (super bantamweight) title
Win 22-1-2 MexicoJulio Zarate UD 12(12) 29/08/2008 South AfricaCarousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa IBF (Super Bantamweight) title eliminator
Win 21-1-2 JapanYoshinori Miyata TKO 8(12) 22/02/2008 South AfricaCarousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa Retain WBC International (Featherweight) title
Win 20-1-2 South AfricaThemba Tshicila RTD 11(12) 29/06/2007 South AfricaOrient Theatre, East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa Retain WBC International (Featherweight) title
Win 19-1-2 South AfricaMkhuseli Kondile KO 2(10) 08/12/2006 South AfricaNasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 18-1-2 United StatesAaron Melgarejo UD 12(12) 30/06/2006 South AfricaNasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa Retain WBC International (Featherweight) title
Win 17-1-2 GhanaOsumanu Akaba UD 12(12) 30/09/2005 South AfricaGraceland Hotel Casino, Secunda, Mpumalanga, South Africa Won WBC International (Featherweight) title
Win 16-1-2 South AfricaOscar Chauke PTS 6(6) 15/04/2005 South AfricaSunnypark Shopping Centre, Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Draw 15-1-2 South AfricaMalcolm Klassen PTS 6(6) 28/09/2004 South AfricaCarousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa
Win 15-1-1 South AfricaElias Skhosana PTS 6(6) 23/07/2004 South AfricaCarousel Hotel & Casino, Temba, North-West, South Africa
Win 14-1-1 South AfricaSonwabo Matayi PTS 6(6) 24/02/2004 South AfricaCarousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
Loss 13-1-1 South AfricaThomas Mashaba TKO 6(12) 30/09/2003 South AfricaCarousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa vacant South African super bantamweight title
Win 13-0-1 South AfricaOupa Lubisi TKO 3(12) 31/05/2003 South AfricaCarnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa Retain IBO Inter-Continental (super bantamweight) title
Win 12-0-1 South AfricaBonani Hlwatika UD 12(12) 15/02/2003 South AfricaMeropa Sun Casino, Polokwane, Limpopo, South Africa Won IBO Inter-Continental (super bantamweight) title
Win 11-1-0 South AfricaPetros Motsoahole KO 1(6) 22/11/2002 South AfricaPortuguese Hall, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 10-0-1 South AfricaMartin Mnyandu PTS 6(6) 05/10/2002 South AfricaWembley Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Draw 9-0-1 South AfricaBonani Hlwatika PTS 6(6) 27/08/2002 South AfricaCarousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 9-0 BulgariaWladimir Borov PTS 6(6) 15/05/2002 South AfricaCarnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 8-0 South AfricaEbenezer Tumane TKO 3(6) 27/03/2002 South AfricaCarousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 7-0 South AfricaMolefe Benzane TKO 4(8) 06/02/2002 South AfricaCarousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 6-0 South AfricaKoos Sibiya KO 2(6) 24/10/2001 South AfricaCarousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 5-0 South AfricaDumisani Zulu TKO 1(6) 19/09/2001 South AfricaUbuntu Kraal Resort, Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 4-0 South AfricaTakatso Hlahane PTS 4(4) 22/08/2001 South AfricaCarousel Casino, Hammanskraal, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 3-0 South AfricaTshumbedzo Tshishonge KO 3(4) 02/06/2001 South AfricaCarnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 2-0 South AfricaGoodman Mavuso TKO 2(4) 09/05/2001 South AfricaCarnival City, Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa
Win 1-0 South AfricaTally Disoloane KO 3(4) 17/02/2001 South AfricaCarnival 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 (May 24, 2011). "Q & A with Jeffrey "The Mongoose" Mathebula". 15rounds.com. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Jeffrey Mathebula Biography and Olympic Results". Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ Boxing Ratings – Jr. Featherweight RingTV
  4. ^ "Donaire & Rios Headline July 7th Card". Top Rank. June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Dan Rafael (September 1, 2008). "Valuev gets past Ruiz; Calderon outfoxes Cazares for technical decision". ESPN. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Easy for Klassen and Fana". SuperSport. August 28, 2008. Retrieved May 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ Robert Coster (May 1, 2009). "Caballero retains title!". Fightnews.com. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  8. ^ SAPA (March 25, 2012). "Mathebula dethrones Ndlovu". The Post. Retrieved March 25, 2012. 
  9. ^ Ramatsiyi Moholoa (March 22, 2012). "SABC throws boxing a lifeline". The Sowetan. Retrieved March 22, 2012. 
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Preceded by
Takalani Ndlovu
IBF Junior Featherweight Champion
March 24, 2012 – July 7, 2012
Succeeded by
Nonito Donaire