MANILA, Philippines – Lehlo Ledwaba, a former South African boxing champion and once an opponent of Manny Pacquiao, has died. Hey 49.
Ledwaba died of COVID-19 while on his way to a hospital on Friday (Saturday in Manila), according to Supersport.
Ledwaba turned pro in 1990 and accumulated an impressive record of 36 wins with 23 knockouts against six losses and a draw.
He held the IBF super bantamweight title from May 1999 to June 23, 2001, when he suffered a shocking loss to a young Pacquiao, who was making his United States debut as a replacement fighter two weeks early. at that moment.
Ledwaba’s fight served as Pacquiao’s stepping stone to stardom and is regarded as one of the best performances by the Filipino ring legend throughout his decorated career.
Ledwaba would have turned 50 on July 27.
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