South African boxer Dlamini dies in a car accident
South African boxer Bongani Dlamini died in a car accident on Johannesburg on Sunday. Dlamini, nicknamed “Sweet Pie” was killed in the accident that saw three other passengers including his elder brother Ashley survive.
The 24-year old was scheduled to fight for the South African lightweight title in October.
He holds a record of eight wins and two losses.
In January 2010, Mlungisi Dlamini, who hails from KwaZulu-Natal died in car accident.
Fighter dies in car accident
BONGANI "Sweet Pie" Dlamini, the charismatic and formidable fighter from Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, died in a car accident in Johannesburg on Sunday morning.
His sobbing manager, Jodi Solomons, confirmed yesterday.
"I got a call from Bongani's wife (Mpho) that Bongani was involved in a car accident. I also received another call confirming that he had passed away. We went to the accident scene. The car was a complete wreckage," said Solomons battling to hold back tears.
"I went to the mortuary to identify his body. Bongani was my baby and I will miss him dearly."
Three passengers including Dlamini's elder brother Ashley survived.
Ashley is also a professional boxer trained by Colin Nathan. Ashley blew Richard Khunou away in one round at Emperors Palace on Monday last week.
Bongani was to fight for the South African lightweight title in October. He earned the right in June when he pulverised Samkelo Fani in the title eliminator.
Dlamini, 24, was a very talented boxer who had the makings of a champion. He feared no one and packed a mean punch which saw eight of his nine victims gasping for air. He had only two losses.
In January last year, Mlungisi "The Shark" Dlamini, another charming and incredible fighter from KwaZulu-Natal, died in a car accident.
He was undefeated WBF lightweight champion and had just won the IBO strap.
A year before, WBF featherweight title holder Ludumo "Pretty Boy" Galada who also died in a car accident as did Arthur "Fighting Prince" Mayisela in September 1986.
SA boxer dies in car crash
Johannesburg - One of South Africa’s brightest young prospects, lightweight boxer Bongani Dlamini, died in a motor accident when his car smashed into a tree in Sandringham, Johannesburg, on Sunday.
Three other passengers in the car, including Bongani’s brother who is also a professional fighter, survived the accident.
Bongani was born in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga, on January 8, 1987, and made his professional debut on August 17, 2007, when he stopped Own Mackay in the first round.
His first loss came against Thanduxolo Dyani, who beat him on points over three rounds.
He then won his next four fights before being stopped in the third round by Jason Bedeman in a clash for the IBO Africa lightweight title.
Putting this setback behind him he won his next three fights against Joseph Modise, Raymond Kupula and Samkelo Fani inside the distance and was scheduled to challenge South African lightweight champion Thompsom Mokwana in October.
Bongani, who had a record of 9-2; 8, was a personal trainer and leaves his wife Mpho and a one-year-old son.
His manager Jodi Solomon said that Bongani was one of the nicest people around and was always willing to help out his fellow fighters in the gym with a smile.
It was quite uncanny how many fighters have died in motor accidents. WBF and IBO lightweight champion Mlungisi Dlamini died in a motor accident in Janaury last year in KwaZulu Natal, and other top South African fighters who have died in similar fashion include Arnold Taylor, Pierre Fourie, Athur Mayisela, Bushy Bester, Ludumo Galada, Mike Buttle and Sandile Sobandla
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