In a career spanning 18 years and 1 month, Vuyani Bungu fought 44 times with 39 wins and 5 losses. By his last professional fight on June 25, 2005, Bungu's boxing record stood at 39-5 (19 KO wins, 1 KO loss).
Vuyani Bungu (The Beast) is a retired South African professional boxer. He was born in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape, South Africa on February 26, 1967. Bungu made his professional boxing debut at the age of 20 on April 26, 1987. He is a former super-bantamweight world champion. He is 56 years old, and will be turning 57 in 10 months and 26 days.
|Total Title Wins||1|
|Title-Fight KO Wins||2|
|Losses via KO||1|
|44||Jun 25, 2005||38||Thomas Mashaba||Loss||UD|
|43||Feb 7, 2004||36||Takalani Ndlovu||Win||SD|
|42||May 31, 2003||36||Takalani Ndlovu||Win||SD|
|41||Jul 27, 2002||35||Lehlohonolo Ledwaba||Loss||UD|
|40||Mar 11, 2000||33||Naseem Hamed||Loss||TKO4|
|39||Feb 6, 1999||31||Victor Llerena||Win||RTD7|
|38||Oct 31, 1998||31||Danny Romero||Win||MD|
|37||May 16, 1998||31||Ernesto Grey||Win||SD|
|36||Nov 15, 1997||30||Arnel Barotillo||Win||UD|
|35||Aug 16, 1997||30||Enrique Jupiter||Win||UD|
|34||Apr 5, 1997||30||Kennedy McKinney||Win||SD|
|33||Aug 20, 1996||29||Jesus Salud||Win||UD|
|32||Apr 15, 1996||29||Pablo Osuna||Win||TKO2|
|31||Jan 23, 1996||28||Johnny Lewus||Win||UD|
|30||Sep 26, 1995||28||Laureano Ramírez||Win||UD|
|29||Apr 29, 1995||28||Victor Llerena||Win||UD|
|28||Mar 4, 1995||28||Mohammad Nurhuda||Win||UD|
|27||Nov 19, 1994||27||Felix Camacho||Win||UD|
|26||Aug 20, 1994||27||Kennedy McKinney||Win||UD|
|25||Apr 16, 1994||27||Jorge Lopez||Win||TKO6|
|24||Aug 29, 1993||26||June Siko||Win||KO3|
|23||Apr 17, 1993||26||Jorge Fuentes Martinez||Win||TKO1|
|22||Sep 26, 1992||25||Sgigi Nekile||Win||RTD11|
|21||Apr 18, 1992||25||Freddie Norwood||Loss||PTS|
|20||Oct 6, 1991||24||Mxolisi Mayekiso||Win||TKO4|
|19||Aug 3, 1991||24||Cirilo Ramon Figueredo||Win||TKO9|
|18||Jun 2, 1991||24||Lunga Dundu||Win||TKO9|
|17||Nov 4, 1990||23||Zolani Makhubalo||Win||UD|
|16||May 13, 1990||23||Fransie Badenhorst||Win||UD|
|15||Nov 26, 1989||22||Andile Ntsiko||Win||RTD4|
|14||Aug 28, 1989||22||Fransie Badenhorst||Loss||UD|
|13||Apr 30, 1989||22||Zolani Makhubalo||Win||RTD7|
|12||Mar 5, 1989||22||Mabhongo Diko||Win||TKO9|
|11||Jan 30, 1989||21||France Frans Mthembu||Win||PTS|
|10||Oct 23, 1988||21||Billy Mkenkcele||Win||UD|
|9||Sep 25, 1988||21||Xolani Bunu||Win||TKO2|
|8||Sep 11, 1988||21||Velile Klaas||Win||KO3|
|7||Jun 5, 1988||21||Sexon Ngqayimbana||Win||UD|
|6||Apr 24, 1988||21||Temba Gawula||Win||KO3|
|5||Oct 4, 1987||20||Wayne Van Wyk||Win||TKO2|
|4||Jul 26, 1987||20||Mbulelo Mfama||Win||TKO3|
|3||Jun 20, 1987||20||Luyanda Moleshe||Win||PTS|
|2||Jun 13, 1987||20||Sakhiwo Manona||Win||TKO1|
|1||Apr 26, 1987||20||Xolela Makhuluma||Win||TKO4|
Vuyani Bungu was a super-bantamweight world champion. He has held one world title at super-bantamweight, which was a lineal championship win.
|Weight Division||World Titles Held|
Vuyani Bungu's professional boxing career spanned more than 18 years — from 1987 to 2005.
Bungu made his professional boxing debut against Xolela Makhuluma at the age of 20 on April 26, 1987, defeating Makhuluma via 4th round TKO. He went on to win 12 more consecutive fights after the debut, which included 8 wins via stoppage.
Bungu had his first world title fight at the age of 27 on August 20, 1994 after 25 professional fights, against Kennedy McKinney for the super-bantamweight IBF title. He defeated McKinney via 12 round unanimous decision to become the super-bantamweight champion of the world.
Bungu has won one world title at super-bantamweight. For all the details about Bungu's world title wins and defenses refer to "Vuyani Bungu World Titles".
Some of Bungu's best fights and notable victories include wins over Pablo Osuna, Victor Llerena, Jesus Salud, Danny Romero, Laureano Ramírez, Takalani Ndlovu, and Kennedy McKinney.
Vuyani Bungu had a total of five losses in his professional boxing career — one of them in a title bout and four in non-title bouts. He suffered his first loss against Fransie Badenhorst via 12 round unanimous decision on August 28, 1989, which ended his 13-fight win streak. He has been stopped once and lost four times via decision. For more details about these defeats, refer to "All of Vuyani Bungu's losses".
His last professional fight was a non-title bout against Thomas Mashaba on June 25, 2005. Bungu lost the fight via 12 round unanimous decision. It's been 17 years, 9 months, and 6 days since this fight.
Bungu retired from professional boxing with a record of 39-5, which included 19 knockout wins and one loss via knockout, and one title win.
Vuyani Bungu fought a total of 44 times during his professional career. These two fights are the highlight of his career.
August 20, 1994: Bungu wins his first world title by defeating Kennedy McKinney via 12 round unanimous decision. He is now the IBF super-bantamweight world champion.
April 15, 1996: Bungu successfully defends the IBF super-bantamweight title against Pablo Osuna, winning the fight via 2nd round TKO.
A 33-year old Vuyani Bungu (37-2, 19 KO) faced an undefeated British boxer Naseem Hamed, who was 26 years old with a record of 33-0. Bungu was challenging Hamed's WBO featherweight title. Hamed was on a 33-fight win streak with 29 KO wins. Bungu was the taller of the two by 2 cms and also had a 5 cm reach advantage.
Bungu lost to Hamed via 4th round TKO.
Bungu knocked out 19 of his 44 opponents. By his last fight, his KO ratio was at 43.2%. Of his total 39 wins, 19 of them were via KO (48.7%).
Bungu had five losses. Thomas Mashaba, Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, Naseem Hamed, Freddie Norwood, and Fransie Badenhorst are the five boxers who have beaten Bungu.