Philippines, 08 Dec 2016
  Home >> News

 
Search Boxer:
First Name
Last Name


BOXERS                         

CURRENT CHAMPIONS 

FORMER CHAMPIONS   

RATINGS                       

FIGHT SCHEDULES        

FIGHT RESULTS            

NEWS                            

HOUSE NEWS                

FORUM                          

FIGHT GALLERIES        

TRAINERS                     

MANAGERS                    

PROMOTERS                  

BOXING GYMS               

RING CARD GIRLS        


 



Dong Secuya
Web Editor

Rene Bonsubre, Jr.
Contributing Editor

Homer D. Sayson
NBA Section Editor




Ronnie Nathanielsz

Rich Mazon

Eddie Alinea

Epifanio M. Almeda

Anthony Andales

Jason Aniel

Hesiquio Balderas

Sid Bañez

Brett Bonetti

Marlon Bernardino

Winchell Campos

Socrates Celestial

T. Chin-Te

Carlos Costa

Christopher Cruz

Rob Cruz

Jonathan Davis

Dr. Ed de la Vega

Lito delos Reyes

Gianluca (Rio) Di Caro

Edwin G. Espejo

Dennis U. Eroa

Ron Galarpe

Joaquin Henson

Oliver Iglesias

Dionis Jacobe

Ted Lerner

Salven Lagumbay

Reylan Loberternos

Mike Angel Lopez

Salvador Lopez

Joan Secuya-Medida

Ryan Medida

Rico Navarro

Rod Mijares

Manny Pacquiao

Gerry Peñalosa

Greg R. Penilla, M.D.

Gov. Manny Piñol

Dr. Allan Recto

Hermie Rivera

Emmanuel T. Rivera

Virgi T. Romano

Nicholai R. Roska

Maloney L. Samaco

Sev Sarmenta

Reynaldo Seno

Myron Sta. Ana

Atty. Danrex Joseph V. Tapdasan

Recah Trinidad

Reni M. Valenzuela

Mark F. Villanueva




 
News  


WHO IS JEFFREY MATHEBULA?


PhilBoxing.com




Jeffrey Mathebula will face WBO superbantamweight king Nonito “The Filipino Flash” Donaire in Carson, California. Mathebula, 33, was born in Malamulele, South Africa and currently the IBF junior featherweight champion. The authoritative Ring Magazine listed him as the sixth best super bantamweight boxer while Donaire is ranked fourth best pound-for-pound fighter in the whole world.

Mathebula represented his country at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney in the featherweight division, where he won over Noureddine Madjhoud of Algeria, 10-5 in the first round but lost to Bekzat Sattarkhanov of Kazakhstan, 5-16 in the second round. He finished his amateur career with an impressive record of 101–4.

Mathebula fought his professional debut on February 17, 2001 winning against Tally Disoloane. He fought to a draw two fellow South African boxers Bonani Hlwatika in August 27, 2002 and Malcolm Klassen in September 28, 2004, both six round bouts and both fought in Temba, North West, South Africa. Mathebula defeated Hlwatika in a rematch by a unanimous decision in 12 rounds in February 15, 2003.

Mathebula outclassed Julio Zarate by a unanimous decision with the scores of 117–109 twice and 118–109 in an IBF super bantamweight title eliminator in Temba on August 29, 2008, after sending him to the canvas twice in round ten. He was slated to face then IBF super bantamweight champion Steve Molitor, but Molitor lost to Celestino Caballero of Panama.

Mathebula instead faced Caballero for the WBA world and IBF world super bantamweight title. However, the South African lost his first world title shot against Caballero via a split decision at the Roberto Duran Arena in Panama on April 30, 2009. Two judges scored 112-116 for the Panamian and one judge favored Mathebula, 116-112. It was the South African’s first fight outside his country.

After losing to Takalani Ndlovu on a split decision in an IBF junior featherweight title eliminator in Brakpan, Gauteng, South Africa in September 1, 2010, Mathebula defeated Ndlovu via a split decision when they faced on a rematch in Brakpan to win the IBF junior featherweight championship in March 24, 2012.

"This is a very tough fight," said Top Rank promoter Bob Arum referring to the Donaire bout. "Mathebula is a very good boxer, he's very, very tall, and he's got a lot of experience and a tremendous amateur background."

Boxing analyst Norm Frauenheim commented, “Promoter Bob Arum talks about Mathebula’s warrior roots, his Zulu ancestry. Translation: Nobody knows much about the South African. That might be the biggest advantage for the 122-pound South African, who doesn’t appear to have the power or record to stop Donaire’s design on multiple titles.”

His face off with Donaire will be Mathebula’s only second fight away from home. He hasn’t fought so much quality opponents. This makes Mathebula the underdog going tomorrow’s unification fight.


Click here to view a list of other articles written by Maloney L. Samaco.


Recent PhilBoxing.com In-House articles:

  • ASTON PALICTE ALL SET FOR HIS LAS VEGAS DEBUT
    By Ed de la Vega, DDS, Thu, 08 Dec 2016
  • BRENT MOORE READY TO DETHRONE KING ON SUNDAY
    By , Thu, 08 Dec 2016
  • Former world champion Kermit Cintron looking to close 2016 with a bang this Saturday night against Rosemberg Gomez at The Sands Bethlehem Event Center
    By , Thu, 08 Dec 2016
  • FRANCISCO VARGAS VIP GUEST AT ANTASY SPRINGS RESORT CASINO ON DECEMBER 16 CARD HEADLINED BY VYCHASLAV SHABRANSKY AND SULLIVAN BARRERA
    By , Thu, 08 Dec 2016
  • Roy Jones, Jr. - Bobby Gunn Press Conference quotes, pictures and video
    By , Thu, 08 Dec 2016
  • AL BERNSTEIN: A GREAT YEAR END BOXING CARD
    By , Thu, 08 Dec 2016
  • Limited Tickets still available for this Sunday's 30 th annual Ring 8 Holiday Event & Awards Ceremony
    By , Thu, 08 Dec 2016
  • NBA -- Spurs beat the Timberwolves to stay unbeaten on the road
    By Daniel Quindao Guden, Thu, 08 Dec 2016
  • Is Philippine boxing really dying?
    By Recah Trinidad, Wed, 07 Dec 2016
  • HORN VS GEORGE GAINS MOMENTUM
    By , Wed, 07 Dec 2016
  • WHO IS MICKY ROMAN?
    By , Wed, 07 Dec 2016
  • JERMALL CHARLO & JULIAN WILLIAMS SOUND OFF AS THEY PREPARE FOR MATCHUP OF UNDEFEATED 154-POUND RISING STARS THIS SATURDAY LIVE ON SHOWTIME®
    By , Wed, 07 Dec 2016
  • CEBU BOXING OFFICIALS ELECT NEW OFFICERS
    By , Wed, 07 Dec 2016
  • David Peralta looking to keep momentum of Guerrero win against Berlin Abreu this Saturday
    By , Wed, 07 Dec 2016
  • Split-T Management signs 2016 U.S. Olympian Antonio Vargas to a managerial contract
    By , Wed, 07 Dec 2016
  • Crawford vs Molina World Championship Fight Week Starts Tomorrow
    By , Tue, 06 Dec 2016
  • EDEN SONSONA JOINS SANMAN
    By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Tue, 06 Dec 2016
  • Veazey to Conor McGregor: I’ll fight you now
    By , Tue, 06 Dec 2016
  • BERNARD "THE EXECUTIONER" HOPKINS HONORED BY PHILADELPHIA MAYOR JIM KENNEY TO COMMEMORATE FINAL CAREER FIGHT
    By , Tue, 06 Dec 2016
  • On the Verge of Boxing Stardom, Menard Ready for Tough Challenge Against Beltran
    By , Tue, 06 Dec 2016
  • Emeev vs. Tokov main event preview video for this Friday's M-1 Challenge 73: Battle of Narts
    By , Tue, 06 Dec 2016
  • PETALCORIN CAPTURES IBF PAN PACIFIC LIGHT FLYWEIGHT CROWN
    By , Mon, 05 Dec 2016
  • KATSIDIS TO MCGREGOR: YOU WANT A TEST IN YOUR BOXING DEBUT, I'M YOUR MAN
    By , Mon, 05 Dec 2016
  • PETALCORIN BACK IN THE TITLE HUNT AND BRAWL AT THE MALL RESULTS
    By Rene Bonsubre, Jr., Mon, 05 Dec 2016


  •  




     
    PhilBoxing.com has been created to support every aspiring
    Filipino boxer and the Philippine boxing scene in general.
    Please send comments to feedback@philboxing.com


    PRIVATE POLICY | LEGAL DISCLAIMER
    developed and maintained by dong secuya
    © 2016 philboxing.com.