Speech - Minister: Gala Dinner to honour Mr Jacob Matlala (Baby Jake Matlala) - 27 Jan 2011

Baby Jake Matlala is one of the South Africas and world’s boxers who loved and worshiped the sport of boxing. Matlala is an educated sports man who hailed from the theatre of academic fires of the University of Witwatersrand with Bcom degree. Baby Jake is one of the best role-models that South Africa and the world has ever had and is a highly disciplined cadre of the sports and boxing fraternity. He is exemplary, educated and dedicated to the sport of boxing in particular and sport in general. Matlala is a long serving individual in boxing and in all those years, he made South Africans proud and put them in the world map. The shortest world champion in boxing history was a South African sporting giant, Baby Jake Matlala, who won four versions of world titles during a 22-year career; the first South African to win four versions of a world title. ‘Baby Jake’, only 1,48 m tall and weighing, at the height of his career, 48,99 kg, always said the secret of his success was that he never smoked, drank or used drugs. His success was because of his total dedication to his boxing career.

Date
: 31 January 2011
Year
: 2011
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: 5
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