Tshifhiwa Munyai

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Tshifhiwa Munyai
Real name Tshifhiwa Munyai
Nickname(s) Atomic Spider
Rated at Featherweight
Nationality South African
Born 8 May 1985
South Africa
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 33
Wins 28
Wins by KO 16
Losses 4
Draws 1

Tshifhiwa Munyai is a South African professional boxer who challenged for the WBA super-bantamweight title in 2014. He also held the Commonwealth bantamweight title from 2006 to 2007, and the IBO super-bantamweight title in 2011.

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Munyai spent the early part of his career boxing in the townships of his native country South Africa. He had compiled a record of 10-0-1 by the time he left the country to box abroad for the first time as a professional.[1]

His big opportunity came when he was given the opportunity in June 2006 to fight England's Martin Power for the vacant Commonwealth bantamweight title. Power came into the contest with an undefeated record of 19-0 and was the holder of the British bantamweight title at the time. Munyai stunned the boxing world by beating Power with a 9th-round TKO in London's York Hall.[2]

Commonwealth champion[edit]

Following his victory Munyai returned to the York Hall to defend against former Commonwealth Flyweight champion Lee Haskins. He won the contest in the 6th round when referee Micky Vann stepped in stop the contest after Haskins came off worst after being caught with a number of body shots.[3] In January 2007 Munyai once again met Martin Power this time at the Goresbrook Leisure Center in Dagenham. This time the victory was emphatic with Munyai winning four one sided rounds before Power was pulled by his corner in the fourth. Power claimed in an interview with the BBC that an elbow injury had hampered his performance saying "I picked up an elbow injury after the second round and it was restricting me. It was hard enough to fight him with two hands, but with just one I was struggling. I wanted to carry on but my corner wouldn't let me." A confident Munyai said simply "I knew from the first fight that I could beat him and, if anything, this fight was even easier for me."[4]

WBA Inter-Continental champion[edit]

Following his victories Munyai fought twice more in the UK and moved up to featherweight with 8 round wins over Harry Ramogoadi and Abdul Tebazalwa before returning to South Africa as a bantamweight. In February 2008 he challenged the Argentinian Julio David Roque Ler for the WBA Inter-continental bantamweight title in Bloemfontein and came out a unanimous points winner.[5] In July 2008 Munyai returned to the UK and to the Goresbrook Leisure Centre the scene of his second victory over Power. Returning featherweight he suffered his first defeat as a professional losing to the Ghanaian boxer Osumana Akaba over 8 rounds. After the fight Akaba responded to comments that he had just been there to make up the numbers saying “I know that people didn't rate my record and thought they were going to use me as a stepping stone, just as a journeyman. I knew going into the fight that he'd beaten a lot of good people, but they were afraid of him.”[6]

Munyai returned to action back in South Africa in November 2008 and defeated fellow countryman Bongani Mahangu in a return to bantamweight. The fight was the first defence of Munyai's WBA intercontinental title and ended with a split decision win over Maglangu who at the time was also the WBA Pan African bantamweight title holder.[7] Munyai next boxed in July 2009 and in a non-title fight defeated Galley Cudjoe with a first round stoppage in Johannesburg.[8]

He made the second defence of his intercontinental title on 27 February 2010 defeating the Philippines Daniel Ferreras at the Kempton Park in Gauteng over 12 rounds.[9] On 28 July 2010 he stopped Ghanain Prosper Ankrah in the 3rd round of another non-title fight at the Emperor's Palace and then just a week later on 8 August 2010 found himself in the frame for a trip to Mexico City and a shot at the vacant WBC Silver bantamweight against Mexico's Cristian Esquivel.[10] Despite the shot at the title coming at short notice Munyai traveled to Mexico and went the full 12 round distance although ended up losing for the second time in his career.

IBO super-bantamweight champion[edit]

On 26 March 2011 Munyai fought Philippine boxer Danilo Pena at the Kempton Park winning on all the judges scorecards to win the vacant IBO super bantamweight championship.[11]

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
33 fights 28 wins 4 losses
By knockout 16 1
By decision 12 3
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
33 Win 28–4–1 Namibia Samuel Kapapu TKO 3 (8) Apr 28, 2017 South Africa Wembley Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa
32 Win 27–4–1 South Africa Oscar Chauke KO 10 (12), 1:46 Sep 12, 2015 United Kingdom Evoque Nightclub, Preston, England
31 Win 26–4–1 Nicaragua Reynaldo Cajina TKO 9 (10) Jun 13, 2015 United Kingdom Evoque Nightclub, Preston, England
30 Win 25–4–1 Georgia (country) Giorgi Gachechiladze KO 4 (6), 2:36 Apr 18, 2015 United Kingdom Sports Centre, Oldham, England
29 Loss 24–4–1 Namibia Paulus Ambunda SD 12 Dec 20, 2014 Namibia Helao Nafidi, Oshikango, Namibia
28 Loss 24–3–1 United Kingdom Scott Quigg TKO 2 (12), 1:56 Apr 19, 2014 United Kingdom Manchester Arena, Manchester, England For WBA super-bantamweight title
27 Win 24–2–1 South Africa Phumzile Matyhila TKO 8 (10) Sep 21, 2013 South Africa Indoor Centre, Mdantsane, South Africa
26 Win 23–2–1 Ghana Emmanuel Quartey TKO 11 (12), 2:50 Jun 1, 2013 South Africa Kati Kati Hall, Cathcart, South Africa Retained WBA Pan African bantamweight title
25 Win 22–2–1 South Africa Oscar Chauke UD 12 Dec 8, 2012 South Africa Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa Won vacant WBA Pan African bantamweight title
24 Win 21–2–1 Philippines Danilo Pena UD 12 Mar 26, 2011 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Won vacant IBO super-bantamweight title
23 Loss 20–2–1 Mexico Christian Esquivel UD 12 Aug 7, 2010 Mexico Arena México, Mexico City, Mexico For vacant WBC Silver bantamweight title
22 Win 20–1–1 Ghana Prosper Ankrah KO 3 (10), 1:44 Jul 28, 2010 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa
21 Win 19–1–1 Philippines Daniel Ferreras UD 12 Feb 27, 2010 South Africa Emperors Palace, Kempton Park, South Africa Retained WBA Inter-Continental bantamweight title
20 Win 18–1–1 Ghana Galley Cudjoe TKO 1 (10), 2:28 Jul 31, 2009 South Africa Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa
19 Win 17–1–1 South Africa Bongani Mahlangu SD 12 Nov 14, 2008 South Africa Ride Hall, Parys, South Africa Retained WBA Inter-Continental bantamweight title
18 Loss 16–1–1 Ghana Osumanu Akaba PTS 8 Jul 18, 2008 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, England
17 Win 16–0–1 Argentina Julio David Roque Ler UD 12 Feb 23, 2008 South Africa Town Hall, Bloemfontein, South Africa Won vacant WBA Inter-Continental bantamweight title
16 Win 15–0–1 Uganda Abdul Tebazalwa PTS 8 Nov 30, 2007 United Kingdom Leisure Center, Newham, England
15 Win 14–0–1 South Africa Harry Ramogoadi PTS 8 Jun 15, 2007 United Kingdom National Sports Centre, Crystal Palace, England
14 Win 13–0–1 United Kingdom Martin Power RTD 4 (12), 3:00 Jan 26, 2007 United Kingdom Goresbrook Leisure Centre, Dagenham, England Retained Commonwealth bantamweight title
13 Win 12–0–1 United Kingdom Lee Haskins TKO 6 (12), 2:56 Oct 6, 2006 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Retained Commonwealth bantamweight title
12 Win 11–0–1 United Kingdom Martin Power TKO 9 (12), 1:39 Jun 6, 2006 United Kingdom York Hall, London, England Won vacant Commonwealth bantamweight title
11 Win 10–0–1 South Africa Lungisa Dlamini UD 6 May 26, 2006 South Africa Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa
10 Win 9–0–1 South Africa Nkosinathi Tshinavhe PTS 10 Feb 11, 2006 South Africa Multi-Purpose Centre, Makhado, South Africa
9 Win 8–0–1 South Africa Goodman Mavuso TKO 2 (6) Oct 7, 2005 South Africa Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa
8 Win 7–0–1 South Africa Nkosana Vaaltein PTS 6 Jul 29, 2005 South Africa Nasrec Indoor Arena, Johannesburg, South Africa
7 Win 6–0–1 South Africa Clement Somers TKO 1 (6) Jul 3, 2005 South Africa Westgate Shopping Mall, Roodepoort, South Africa
6 Win 5–0–1 South Africa Kingsley Ndouvhada TKO 1 (6) May 27, 2005 South Africa Orlando Community Hall, Soweto, South Africa
5 Draw 4–0–1 South Africa Peter Ndou PTS 4 Feb 4, 2005 South Africa Graceland Hotel Casino, Secunda, South Africa
4 Win 4–0 South Africa Fikile Mlonyeni KO 3 (4) Jul 17, 2004 South Africa Highgate Shopping Mall, Johannesburg, South Africa
3 Win 3–0 South Africa Tladi Modibeli UD 4 Jun 16, 2004 South Africa Sports Centre, Cullinan, South Africa
2 Win 2–0 South Africa Tladi Modibeli UD 4 Feb 7, 2004 South Africa Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, South Africa
1 Win 1–0 South Africa Zukile Toko TKO 2 (4) Dec 6, 2003 South Africa Southern Suburbs Recreation Cent, Johannesburg, South Africa Professional debut

Titles in boxing[edit]

  • Commonwealth Bantamweight title
  • WBA Inter-Continental Bantamweight title
  • WBA Pan African Bantamweight title