Respect to Baby Jake

Sho this was a heavy weekend with Madiba’s passing and then 2 days later South African boxing legend Baby Jake Mtatla! Matlala, 51, died in Johannesburg, reportedly from complications associated with pneumonia. Matlala had been the only South African boxer to win four world titles. Baby Jake you will be missed by the combat sports world of South Africa and we could not have asked for a better champion to represent us.

Matlala has always been one of my favourite boxers with his small stature and forward aggressive style. He never backed away from a fight and always took it to his opponent with flurries of punches. Below is a video of his bout with Englishman Francis Ampofo for the WBO Flyweight Belt.

I also found this little cartoon that someone did of him a few months back. I thought it was pretty funny. What was your favourite Baby Jake fight? Tell us below?

About Guy Lazarus

I am a South African Nak Mauy with a keen interest in MMA and combat sports in general. I run to give the world of fighting a South African Nak Muay's perspective. I have been competing in Martial Arts since the age of 7 with some success having come 3rd at IFMA World Championships and have my provincial colours for Judo. One day I will grow up and relinquish my dream of being world champion, but not yet...

Leave a Reply