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Boxing History - South African Apartheid and Sun City

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Knuckles and Gloves

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We know we somewhat recently did a show talking about the greatest African fighters of all time, but we needed to focus in on individual countries like South Africa, which has an incredibly rich boxing history.

There's Thulani Malinga, Vuyani Bungu, Jake Matlala, Brian Mitchell, Gerrie Coetzee and so forth, yes. But for every one of those names recognizable to "Western" fight fans was a Joe "Axe Killer" Ngidi, a Nkosana Mgxaji or Maxwell Malinga, who most boxing fans around the world have never heard of, but were nonetheless incredibly popular in South Africa.

On this episode of Knuckles and Gloves Boxing Radio, boxing historian Patrick Connor and Compubox operator Aris Pina speak about South Africa's history with apartheid, how that affected its boxing, the development of the Sun City resort and, of course, the boxing itself.

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