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Dingaan Thobela Record

Total Fights35
Title Wins3
Title Defenses2
Title-Fight KOs1
KO Wins13
KO Losses4
Dingaan Thobela Record & Stats
Soweto, South Africa, South Africa
“The Rose of Soweto”
Sep 24, 1966
Apr 27, 1990
Title Fights
13 (37.1%)
171 cm
171 cm
Ape Index
0 cm
Last Fight
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Dingaan Thobela's Record
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      What is Dingaan Thobela's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 16 years and six months, Dingaan Thobela fought 35 times with 20 wins, 14 losses, and 1 draw.

      Thobela retired from professional boxing with a record of 20-14-1, which included three world-title wins and two successful title defense fights at the lightweight weight division. He had a 37.1% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 13 of his total 35 fights being knockout wins, one of which was in a title fight. Thobela suffered four knockout losses in his career, one of which was against Eric Lucas in a super-middleweight title fight.

      His last fight was a 10th round RTD defeat to Soon Botes on October 27, 2006.

      Some of Thobela's best fights and notable victories include wins over Tony Lopez, Glenn Catley, Peter Till, Antonio Rivera, Amancio Castro, Booker Kidd, and Wayne Boudreaux.

      35Oct 27, 200640Soon BotesLossRTD10
      34Dec 3, 200438Lucian ButeLossTKO4
      33Dec 13, 200337Martin NielsenLossUD
      32Nov 22, 200337Otis GrantLossUD
      31Nov 29, 200236Mikkel KesslerLossUD
      30Nov 30, 200135Eric LucasLoss *TKO8
      29Dec 15, 200034Dave Hilton, Jr.Loss *SD
      28Sep 1, 200033Glenn CatleyWin *KO12
      27Feb 19, 200033Soon BotesWinMD
      26Oct 31, 199933Cornelius CarrLossMD
      25Mar 6, 199932Adrian Walter DaneffWinTKO7
      24Oct 28, 199832Carlos BaldomirDrawSD
      23Oct 8, 199731Gary MurrayWinTKO4
      22Mar 22, 199730Willy WiseLossSD
      21Nov 5, 199630Geoff McCreeshLossKO2
      20Jun 25, 199629Wayne BoudreauxWinKO6
      19Jun 25, 199629Booker KiddWinTKO3
      18Nov 25, 199529Mark McCreathWinTKO9
      17Sep 26, 199529Jaime BalboaWinKO8
      16Aug 19, 199528Santiago Alfonso AhumadaWinTKO2
      15May 6, 199528Kenny ViceWinTKO2
      14Feb 11, 199528Andreas PanayiWinTKO2
      13Nov 29, 199428Karl TaylorLossPTS
      12Mar 19, 199427Orzubek NazarovLoss *UD
      11Oct 30, 199327Orzubek NazarovLoss *UD
      10Jun 26, 199326Tony LopezWin *UD
      9Feb 12, 199326Tony LopezLoss *UD
      8Oct 31, 199226Tony FosterWinPTS
      7Aug 15, 199225Peter TillWinTKO9
      6Sep 14, 199124Antonio RiveraWin *UD
      5Jul 13, 199124Amancio CastroWinUD
      4Mar 2, 199124Mario MartĂ­nezWin *UD
      3Sep 22, 199023Mauricio AcevesWin *SD
      2Jul 23, 199023Pascual ArandaWinTKO4
      1Apr 27, 199023Mauricio AcevesWinRTD7

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Dingaan Thobela (The Rose of Soweto) is a 57-year old retired South African professional boxer. He was born in Soweto, South Africa, South Africa on September 24, 1966. He is a former two-weight-class world champion. His professional boxing career spanned more than 16 years — from 1990 to 2006.

      Thobela made his professional boxing debut against Mauricio Aceves at the age of 23 on April 27, 1990, defeating Aceves via 7th round RTD. He went on to win 7 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 2 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 23 on September 22, 1990 after 2 professional fights, against Mauricio Aceves for the lightweight WBO title. He defeated Aceves via 12 round split decision to become the lightweight champion of the world.

      Thobela has won three world titles at two weight classes. For all the details about Thobela's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Thobela had a total of 14 losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title rematch against Soon Botes on October 27, 2006. Thobela lost the fight via 10th round RTD. It's been 17 years, 4 months, and 5 days since this fight.


      Thobela had a total of 10 world-title fights, which includes winning three world titles and two successful title defenses. He won five of these fights and lost five.

      Title Wins

      Dingaan Thobela fought for world titles in six fights and won three of these fights, winning one of them via way of stoppage. In total, he won three belts across two weight classes.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Sep 1, 2000Glenn CatleySuper-middleweightWBCKO
      Jun 26, 1993Tony LopezLightweightWBAUD
      Sep 22, 1990Mauricio AcevesLightweightWBOSD

      Title Defenses

      Dingaan Thobela had four world-title defense fights across two weight classes — lightweight (x3) and super-middleweight. He won two of them and lost two times.

      Following is the table of his successful title defense fights, the next section has the fights where he lost his titles.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Sep 14, 1991Antonio RiveraLightweightWBOUD
      Mar 2, 1991Mario MartĂ­nezLightweightWBOUD

      Title Losses

      Dingaan Thobela lost two world-title defense fights, and lost a total of two titles in these fights.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Dec 15, 2000Dave Hilton, Jr.Super-middleweightWBCSD
      Oct 30, 1993Orzubek NazarovLightweightWBAUD


      Thobela fought a total of 35 times during his professional career, which includes 10 world-title fights at two weight divisions. These two fights are the highlight of his career.

      • September 22, 1990: Thobela wins his first world title by defeating Mauricio Aceves via 12 round split decision. He is now the WBO lightweight world champion.

      • June 26, 1993: Thobela wins the WBA lightweight title from Tony Lopez, by beating Lopez via 12 round unanimous decision.


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