Vuyani Bungu

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Vuyani Bungu
Statistics
Nickname(s)
  • The Beast
  • Carousel Kid
Rated at
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Reach 168 cm (66 in)
Nationality South African
Born (1967-02-26) 26 February 1967 (age 50)
Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 44
Wins 39
Wins by KO 19
Losses 5

Vuyani Bungu (born 26 February 1967) is a South African former professional boxer who competed from 1987 to 2005. He held the IBF junior-featherweight title from 1994 to 1999, and the IBO featherweight title from 2004 to 2005.

Professional career[edit]

Bungu turned pro in 1987 and in 1994 captured the International Boxing Federation Super Bantamweight Title with a shocking upset victory over Kennedy McKinney, a fight named 1994 Ring Magazine Upset of the Year. After the victory, Bungu defended the title an impressive 13 times before relinquishing the belt in 2000 to move up to featherweight to take on Naseem Hamed. Hamed destroyed the super bantamweight legend, TKO'ing Bungu in the 4th round. In 2002, he was beaten by Lehlohonolo Ledwaba and retired in 2005 after losing to Thomas Mashaba. He compiled a career record of 39-5-0.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
44 fights 39 wins 5 losses
By knockout 19 1
By decision 20 4
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
44 Loss 39–5 Thomas Mashaba UD 12 25 Jun 2005 ABSA Stadium, East London, South Africa Lost IBO featherweight title
43 Win 39–4 Takalani Ndlovu SD 12 7 Feb 2004 Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, South Africa Won vacant IBO featherweight title
42 Win 38–4 Takalani Ndlovu SD 10 31 May 2003 Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, South Africa
41 Loss 37–4 Lehlohonolo Ledwaba UD 12 27 Jul 2002 Carnival City Casino, Brakpan, South Africa For vacant WBU featherweight title
40 Loss 37–3 Naseem Hamed TKO 4 (12), 1:38 11 Mar 2000 Olympia, London, England For WBO and lineal featherweight titles
39 Win 37–2 Victor Llerena RTD 7 (12) 6 Feb 1999 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
38 Win 36–2 Danny Romero MD 12 31 Oct 1998 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
37 Win 35–2 Ernesto Grey SD 12 16 May 1998 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
36 Win 34–2 Arnel Barotillo UD 12 15 Nov 1997 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
35 Win 33–2 Enrique Jupiter UD 12 16 Aug 1997 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
34 Win 32–2 Kennedy McKinney SD 12 5 Apr 1997 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
33 Win 31–2 Jesus Salud UD 12 20 Aug 1996 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
32 Win 30–2 Pablo Osuna TKO 2 (12), 0:39 15 Apr 1996 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
31 Win 29–2 Johnny Lewus UD 12 23 Jan 1996 Grand Casino, Biloxi, Mississippi, US Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
30 Win 28–2 Laureano Ramírez UD 12 26 Sep 1995 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
29 Win 27–2 Victor Llerena UD 12 29 Apr 1995 FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
28 Win 26–2 Mohammad Nurhuda UD 12 4 Mar 1995 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
27 Win 25–2 Felix Camacho UD 12 19 Nov 1994 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa Retained IBF super-bantamweight title
26 Win 24–2 Kennedy McKinney UD 12 20 Aug 1994 Carousel Casino, Hammanskraal, South Africa Won IBF super-bantamweight title
25 Win 23–2 Jorge Lopez TKO 6 (10), 2:01 16 Apr 1994 Convention Center, South Padre Island, Texas, US
24 Win 22–2 June Siko KO 3 (12) 29 Aug 1993 Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa Retained South African super-bantamweight title
23 Win 21–2 Jorge Fuentes Martinez TKO 1 (10) 17 Apr 1993 ARCO Arena, Sacramento, California, US
22 Win 20–2 Sgigi Nekile RTD 11 (12) 26 Sep 1992 Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa Retained South African super-bantamweight title
21 Loss 19–2 Freddie Norwood PTS 8 18 Apr 1992 Palazzetto dello Sport, Selvino, Italy
20 Win 19–1 Mxolisi Mayekiso TKO 4 (10) 6 Oct 1991 Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa Retained South African super-bantamweight title
19 Win 18–1 Cirilo Ramon Figueredo TKO 9 (10) 3 Aug 1991 Palazzetto dello Sport, Selvino, Italy
18 Win 17–1 Lunga Dundu TKO 9 (12) 2 Jun 1991 Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa Retained South African super-bantamweight title
17 Win 16–1 Zolani Makhubalo UD 12 4 Nov 1990 Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa Retained South African super-bantamweight title
16 Win 15–1 Fransie Badenhorst UD 12 13 May 1990 Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa Won South African super-bantamweight title
15 Win 14–1 Andile Ntsiko RTD 4 (10) 26 Nov 1989 Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa Retained Cape super-bantamweight title
14 Loss 13–1 Fransie Badenhorst UD 12 28 Aug 1989 Good Hope Centre, Cape Town, South Africa For South African super-bantamweight title
13 Win 13–0 Zolani Makhubalo RTD 7 (10) 30 Apr 1989 Feather Market Centre, Port Elizabeth, South Africa Retained Cape super-bantamweight title
12 Win 12–0 Mabhongo Diko TKO 9 (10) 5 Mar 1989 Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa Retained Cape super-bantamweight title
11 Win 11–0 France Frans Mthembu PTS 10 30 Jan 1989 Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa
10 Win 10–0 Billy Mkenkcele UD 10 23 Oct 1988 Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa Retained Cape super-bantamweight title
9 Win 9–0 Xolani Bunu TKO 2 (6) 25 Sep 1988 Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa
8 Win 8–0 Velile Klaas KO 3 (10) 11 Sep 1988 Civic Hall, Mdantsane, South Africa Retained Cape super-bantamweight title
7 Win 7–0 Sexon Ngqayimbana UD 10 5 Jun 1988 Orient Theatre, East London, South Africa Won Cape super-bantamweight title
6 Win 6–0 Temba Gawula KO 3 (6) 24 Apr 1988 City Hall, East London, South Africa
5 Win 5–0 Wayne Van Wyk TKO 2 (6) 4 Oct 1987 Feather Market Centre, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
4 Win 4–0 Mbulelo Mfama TKO 3 (4) 26 Jul 1987 Indoor Sports Centre, Uitenhage, South Africa
3 Win 3–0 Luyanda Moleshe PTS 4 20 Jun 1987 Civic Hall, Mdantsane, South Africa
2 Win 2–0 Sakhiwo Manona TKO 1 (4) 13 Jun 1987 New Brighton Centenary Hall, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
1 Win 1–0 Xolela Makhuluma TKO 4 (4) 26 Apr 1987 Mdantsane Stadium, Mdantsane, South Africa Professional debut

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Preceded by
Fransie Badenhorst
South African super-bantamweight champion
13 May 1990 – January 1995
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Lehlohonolo Ledwaba
Minor world boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Michael Brodie
IBO featherweight champion
7 February 2004 – 25 June 2005
Succeeded by
Thomas Mashaba
Major world boxing titles
Preceded by
Kennedy McKinney
IBF super-bantamweight champion
4 August 1994 – May 1999
Vacated
Succeeded by
Lehlohonolo Ledwaba