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Thulani Malinga Record

Total Fights57
Title Wins2
Title Defenses0
Title-Fight KOs0
KO Wins19
KO Losses3
Thulani Malinga Record & Stats
Thulani Malinga's Record
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      What is Thulani Malinga's boxing record?

      In a professional boxing career spanning 18 years and five months, Thulani Malinga fought 57 times with 44 wins and 13 losses.

      Malinga retired from professional boxing with a record of 44-13, which included two super-middleweight world-title wins. He had a 33.3% knockouts-to-fights ratio with 19 of his total 57 fights being knockout wins. Malinga suffered three knockout losses, none of which were in title fights.

      His last fight was a 8th round TKO defeat to Ole Klemetsen on January 14, 2000.

      Some of Malinga's best fights and notable victories include wins over Nigel Benn, Robin Reid, Peter H Madsen, Fredrik Alvarez, and Prince Tukane.

      57Jan 14, 200044Ole KlemetsenLossTKO8
      56Mar 19, 199943Mads LarsenLossTKO10
      55Nov 27, 199842Peter H MadsenWinRTD8
      54Jun 5, 199842Fredrik AlvarezWinTKO11
      53Mar 27, 199842Richie WoodhallLoss *UD
      52Dec 19, 199742Robin ReidWin *UD
      51Jul 6, 199640Vincenzo NardielloLoss *SD
      50Mar 2, 199640Nigel BennWin *SD
      49Jul 22, 199539Trevor AmbroseWinPTS
      48Mar 4, 199539Soon BotesWinTKO7
      47Nov 20, 199438Martin OppermanWinTKO9
      46Aug 14, 199438Ray AcquayeWinTKO5
      45Feb 20, 199438Mohammed IsaacsWinKO7
      44Aug 14, 199337Roy Jones Jr.LossKO6
      43Feb 10, 199337Gary BallardWinUD
      42Sep 14, 199236Jim MurrayWinMD
      41May 23, 199236Nigel BennLossPTS
      40Feb 1, 199236Chris EubankLoss *SD
      39Aug 13, 199135Leonard FriedmanWinUD
      38Dec 15, 199035Lindell HolmesLoss *UD
      37Oct 11, 199034Sakkie HornWinPTS
      36Aug 5, 199034John JarvisLossMD
      35Jan 29, 199034Tony HarrisonWinUD
      34Dec 5, 198933Oscar PenaWinUD
      33Oct 21, 198933Jose QuinonesWinTKO8
      32Sep 18, 198933Vincent BoulwareWinMD
      31May 27, 198933Nicky WalkerWinUD
      30Mar 11, 198933Mike PeakWinUD
      29Jan 27, 198933Graciano RocchigianiLoss *UD
      28Jul 18, 198832Larry MusgroveWinSD
      27Mar 7, 198832Jim MacDonaldWinUD
      26Feb 1, 198832Harry CowapWinUD
      25Nov 21, 198731Sakkie HornLossDQ
      24Oct 18, 198731Prince TukaneWinTKO4
      23May 9, 198731Sakkie HornLossSD
      22Dec 15, 198631Freddie RaffertyWinUD
      21Oct 19, 198630Sakkie HornWinPTS
      20Jun 28, 198630Gregory ClarkWinUD
      19Mar 8, 198630Pieter de BruinWinTKO8
      18Dec 14, 198530Kosie van VuurenWinRTD10
      17Jul 27, 198529Pieter de BruinWinPTS
      16Jun 22, 198529Frankie DecaesteckerWinRTD5
      15Apr 20, 198529Robert MadiWinTKO8
      14Mar 15, 198529Gavin StirrupWinKO2
      13Oct 26, 198428Mwehu BeyaWinRTD6
      12Jun 15, 198428Michael MotsoaneWinUD
      11May 1, 198428Prince TukaneWinPTS
      10Feb 27, 198428John DiaminiWinKO4
      9Feb 7, 198327Samson MohloaiWinUD
      8Oct 4, 198226David KalakoWinPTS
      7Sep 13, 198226Shadrack SitholeWinKO2
      6Aug 28, 198226Graham MdingiWinRTD2
      5Jun 5, 198226Morris MohloaiWinPTS
      4Apr 17, 198226Patrick TshabalalaLossPTS
      3Nov 30, 198125Werdie JacobsWinKO4
      2Sep 12, 198125Cyprian ShanduWinPTS
      1Aug 8, 198125Victor ZuluWinTKO1

      * World-title fight

      Boxing career

      Thulani Malinga (Sugar Boy) is a 68-year old retired South African professional boxer. He was born in Ladysmith, South Africa on December 11, 1955. He is a former super-middleweight world champion. His professional boxing career spanned more than 18 years — from 1981 to 2000.

      Malinga made his professional boxing debut against Victor Zulu at the age of 25 on August 8, 1981, defeating Zulu via 1st round TKO. He went on to win 2 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 1 wins via stoppage.

      He had his first world title fight at the age of 33 on January 27, 1989 after 28 professional fights, against Graciano Rocchigiani for the IBF title. He lost to Rocchigiani via 12 round unanimous decision.

      Malinga has won two world titles at super-middleweight. For all the details about Malinga's world title wins and defenses refer to the "Championships" section below.

      Malinga had a total of 13 losses in his professional boxing career.

      His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Ole Klemetsen on January 14, 2000. Malinga lost the fight via 8th round TKO. It's been 24 years, 5 months, and 7 days since this fight.


      Malinga had a total of seven world-title fights, which includes winning two world titles and zero successful title defenses. He won two of these fights and lost five.

      Title Wins

      Thulani Malinga fought for super-middleweight world titles in five fights and won two of these fights. In total, he won two super-middleweight belts.

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles WonMethod
      Dec 19, 1997Robin ReidSuper-middleweightWBCUD
      Mar 2, 1996Nigel BennSuper-middleweightWBCSD

      Title Losses

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

      DateOpponentDivisionTitles LostMethod
      Mar 27, 1998Richie WoodhallSuper-middleweightWBCUD
      Jul 6, 1996Vincenzo NardielloSuper-middleweightWBCSD


      Malinga fought a total of 57 times during his professional career, which includes 7 world-title fights at the super-middleweight division. These three fights are the highlight of his career.

      • January 27, 1989: In his first world-title fight, Thulani Malinga loses to Graciano Rocchigiani via 12 round unanimous decision. He was fighting for the IBF super-middleweight title.

      • March 2, 1996: Malinga wins the WBC super-middleweight title from Nigel Benn, by beating Benn via 12 round split decision.

      • December 19, 1997: Malinga wins the WBC super-middleweight title from Robin Reid, by beating Reid via 12 round unanimous decision.


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