South African Boxing Legend Dingaan Thobela, 'The Rose of Soweto,' Dies at 57

Posted : 01 May 2024

South Africans Mourn Legendary Boxer Dingaan Thobela

South African boxing icon Dingaan Thobela, affectionately known as "The Rose of Soweto," passed away at the age of 57, as confirmed by the Ministry of Sports.
Thobela's legacy in the sport is marked by his achievements as a two-weight world champion, claiming the WBO lightweight title in 1990 and the WBA lightweight title in 1993, along with the WBC super-middleweight belt in 2000.
Hailing from Soweto, Johannesburg, Thobela rose to prominence during the peak of South African boxing in the 1980s and 1990s, becoming a symbol of excellence for Black athletes during the final years of apartheid.


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