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Lehlo Ledwaba Record

Total Fights43
Title Wins1
Title Defenses5
Title-Fight KOs4
KO Wins23
KO Losses3
Lehlo Ledwaba Record & Stats
Lehlo Ledwaba's Record
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      What is Lehlo Ledwaba's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 16 years, Lehlo Ledwaba fought 43 times with 36 wins, 6 losses, and 1 draw.

      Ledwaba retired from professional boxing with a record of 36-6-1, which included one super-bantamweight world-title win and five successful title defense fights. He had a 53.5% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 23 of his total 43 fights being knockout wins, four of which were in title fights. Ledwaba suffered three knockout losses in his career, one of which was against Manny Pacquiao in a super-bantamweight title fight.

      His last fight was a 9th round RTD defeat to Maxwell Awuku on November 24, 2006.

      Some of Ledwaba's best fights and notable victories include wins over Edison Valencia Diaz, Ernesto Grey, Vuyani Bungu, Eduardo Enrique Alvarez, Choi Tseveenpurev, Arnel Barotillo, and John Michael Johnson.

      43Nov 24, 200635Maxwell AwukuLossRTD9
      42Apr 8, 200634Ephraim NangendaWinTKO6
      41Apr 16, 200533Cassius BaloyiLossUD
      40Nov 20, 200433Cassius BaloyiLossUD
      39Jun 11, 200432Spend AbaziLossUD
      38Mar 13, 200432Choi TseveenpurevWinMD
      37Jul 27, 200231Vuyani BunguWinUD
      36Jun 23, 200129Manny PacquiaoLoss *TKO6
      35Apr 22, 200129Carlos ContrerasWin *UD
      34Feb 17, 200129Arnel BarotilloWin *TKO9
      33Oct 6, 200029Eduardo Enrique AlvarezWin *KO8
      32Apr 7, 200028Ernesto GreyWin *TKO8
      31Sep 25, 199928Edison Valencia DiazWin *TKO5
      30May 29, 199927John Michael JohnsonWin *UD
      29Feb 6, 199927Maxim PugachevWinKO2
      28Dec 5, 199827Peter BuckleyWinPTS
      27Aug 22, 199827Arnel BarotilloWinUD
      26Mar 25, 199826Zukile FilaniWinKO3
      25Dec 7, 199726Entwa MofokengWinTKO2
      24Jun 21, 199725Luyanda MiniWinTKO4
      23Mar 9, 199725Gian Maria PetriccioliWinUD
      22Nov 17, 199625Cruz CarbajalWinUD
      21Jul 7, 199624Vuyisile TingaWinKO1
      20Apr 7, 199624Ric SiodoraWinUD
      19Nov 18, 199524Ricky BeardWinTKO3
      18Aug 26, 199524Matthew HarrisWinKO2
      17May 6, 199523Juan Polo PerezWinSD
      16Jan 22, 199523Ncedile SikoWinRTD7
      15Sep 4, 199423June SikoWinTKO6
      14Mar 13, 199422Barry BrownWinTKO2
      13Dec 4, 199322Elias SebeshoWinPTS
      12Jul 24, 199321Joseph RamasweLossTKO2
      11Jun 2, 199321Vusi KhozaWinTKO4
      10Apr 4, 199321Moses PetersenWinTKO3
      9Feb 10, 199321Derek VeejamWinKO1
      8Oct 11, 199221Vusi KhozaWinKO4
      7Apr 12, 199220Moses PetersenWinPTS
      6Feb 16, 199220Malepa LeviWinPTS
      5Nov 24, 199120Robert KgasweWinTKO4
      4Sep 22, 199120Andrew NemutakaDrawPTS
      3Jun 23, 199119David MoshodiWinTKO2
      2Mar 24, 199119Joseph MotsamaiWinTKO1
      1Oct 31, 199019Ephraim MadiWinTKO4

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Lehlo Ledwaba (Hands of Stone) was a South African professional boxer. He was born in Soweto, Gauteng, South Africa on July 27, 1971. He was a super-bantamweight world champion. Ledwaba died on July 2, 2021 at the age of 49 years. His professional boxing career spanned more than 16 years — from 1990 to 2006.

      Ledwaba made his professional boxing debut against Ephraim Madi at the age of 19 on October 31, 1990, defeating Madi via 4th round TKO. He went on to win 2 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 2 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 27 on May 29, 1999 after 29 professional fights, against John Michael Johnson for the super-bantamweight IBF (vacant) title. He defeated Johnson via 12 round unanimous decision to become the super-bantamweight champion of the world.

      Ledwaba won one world title at super-bantamweight. For all the details about Ledwaba's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Ledwaba had a total of six losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Ghanaian boxer Maxwell Awuku at 35 years of age, on November 24, 2006. Ledwaba lost the fight via 9th round RTD.


      Ledwaba had a total of seven world-title fights, which includes winning one world title and five successful title defenses. He won six of these fights and lost one.

      Title Wins

      Lehlo Ledwaba fought for a super-bantamweight world title once, which he won via unanimous decision. He won one super-bantamweight belt.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      May 29, 1999John Michael JohnsonSuper-bantamweightIBF*UD
      * Vacant title

      Title Defenses

      Lehlo Ledwaba had six super-bantamweight world-title defense fights. He won five of them and lost only once.

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

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles DefendedMethod
      Apr 22, 2001Carlos ContrerasSuper-bantamweightIBFUD
      Feb 17, 2001Arnel BarotilloSuper-bantamweightIBFTKO
      Oct 6, 2000Eduardo Enrique AlvarezSuper-bantamweightIBFKO
      Apr 7, 2000Ernesto GreySuper-bantamweightIBFTKO
      Sep 25, 1999Edison Valencia DiazSuper-bantamweightIBFTKO

      Title Losses

      Lehlo Ledwaba lost one world-title defense fight, and lost one title in the fight.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Jun 23, 2001Manny PacquiaoSuper-bantamweightIBFTKO


      Although Ledwaba had a total of 43 fights, this fight against John Michael Johnson is the sole highlight of his career.

      • May 29, 1999: Ledwaba wins his first world title by defeating John Michael Johnson via 12 round unanimous decision. He is now the IBF super-bantamweight world champion.


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