|Real name||Jacob Matlala|
|Height||4 ft 10 1⁄2 in (149 cm)|
|Reach||59 in (150 cm)|
|Born||1 August 1962|
Meadowlands, Gauteng, South Africa
|Died||7 December 2013 51) (aged|
Parktown, Gauteng, South Africa
|Wins by KO||26|
Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala (1 August 1962 – 7 December 2013) was a South African boxer and junior flyweight champion from Meadowlands, Johannesburg. In 2004, Matlala was voted #72 in the "100 Greatest South Africans" poll organized by SABC.
Jacob Matlala died on 7 December 2013, at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital.
The former World Boxing Organisation, World Boxing Union (WBU) and International Boxing Association flyweight world champion had been admitted to hospital on numerous occasions over the past few years with complications related to pneumonia. Johannesburg – Dressed in royal blue and white uniforms and black berets, the New Covenant Church brass band escorted the coffin of boxing legend Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala into the Rhema Church auditorium.
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Professional boxing record for Jacob Matlala from BoxRec
| WBO flyweight champion |
15 May 1993 - 11 February 1995
| WBO light flyweight champion |
18 November 1995 - 1997
Title next held byJesús Chong