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|Height||5 ft 9 1⁄2 in (177 cm)|
|Born||11 December 1955|
Ladysmith, South Africa
|Wins by KO||19|
Thulani Malinga (born 11 December 1955) is a South African former professional boxer who competed from 1981 to 2000, and held the WBC super-middleweight title twice between 1996 and 1998.
Known as "Sugar Boy", Malinga turned pro in 1981 after compiling an amateur record of 185–10, beginning his career with a first-round stoppage of Victor Zulu on 8 August 1981. Malinga held several championship titles during a twenty-year career as a middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight, fighting memorable bouts against Nigel Benn, Chris Eubank and Roy Jones, Jr., among others.
In 1989 he got his first shot at a title, taking on undefeated IBF super middleweight title holder Graciano Rocchigiani. Malinga lost a decision, and the next year took on Lindell Holmes, again for the IBF super middleweight title. He again lost via decision, and in 1992 got a shot at the WBO super middleweight title against Chris Eubank, during which Malinga was dropped in the fifth round and lost a close decision. Three months later he was also to lose a close decision—by just half a point—against Nigel Benn. After many fights in his native South Africa, and a further KO loss to Roy Jones, Jr. in the U.S., he landed another shot at the title in March 1996 against Benn, who was now the WBC super middleweight champion. Despite suffering a knockdown, Malinga scored an upset against Benn to win the title, but ended up losing the title in his first defense against Vincenzo Nardiello. He regained the title in his next fight, a decision win over Robin Reid (who had defeated Nardiello in his first defense of the title). However, he would again lose the belt in his first defense against Richie Woodhall, via decision. He fought four more times, retiring after a suffering an eighth-round TKO against Ole Klemetsen on 14 January 2000, finishing his career with 44 wins (20 by KO) and 13 losses. His trainer was Nick Durandt.
|57 fights||44 wins||13 losses|
|57||Loss||44–13||TKO||8 (12), 2:40||14 Jan 2000||For vacant IBA light-heavyweight title|
|56||Loss||44–12||TKO||10 (12)||19 Mar 1999||Lost WBF (Federation) super-middleweight title;|
For IBO super-middleweight title
|55||Win||44–11||RTD||8 (12), 3:00||27 Nov 1998||Retained WBF (Federation) super-middleweight title|
|54||Win||43–11||TKO||11 (12)||5 Jun 1998||Won WBF (Federation) super-middleweight title|
|53||Loss||42–11||UD||12||27 Mar 1998||Lost WBC super-middleweight title|
|52||Win||42–10||UD||12||19 Dec 1997||Won WBC super-middleweight title|
|51||Loss||41–10||SD||12||6 Jul 1996||Lost WBC super-middleweight title|
|50||Win||41–9||SD||12||2 Mar 1996||Won WBC super-middleweight title|
|49||Win||40–9||PTS||8||22 Jul 1995|
|48||Win||39–9||TKO||7 (12)||4 Mar 1995||Won South African super-middleweight title|
|47||Win||38–9||TKO||9 (12)||20 Nov 1994||Retained South African light-heavyweight title|
|46||Win||37–9||TKO||5 (12)||14 Aug 1994||Won vacant ABU super-middleweight title|
|45||Win||36–9||KO||7 (12)||20 Feb 1994||Retained South African light-heavyweight title|
|44||Loss||35–9||KO||6 (10), 1:57||14 Aug 1993|
|43||Win||35–8||UD||12||10 Feb 1993||Retained South African light-heavyweight title|
|42||Win||34–8||MD||12||14 Sep 1992||Retained South African light-heavyweight title|
|41||Loss||33–8||PTS||10||23 May 1992|
|40||Loss||33–7||SD||12||1 Feb 1992||For WBO super-middleweight title|
|39||Win||33–6||UD||10||13 Aug 1991|
|38||Loss||32–6||UD||12||15 Dec 1990||For IBF super-middleweight title|
|37||Win||32–5||PTS||12||11 Oct 1990||Won South African light-heavyweight title|
|36||Loss||31–5||MD||12||5 Aug 1990||For IBF Inter-Continental super-middleweight title|
|35||Win||31–4||UD||10||29 Jan 1990|
|34||Win||30–4||UD||10||5 Dec 1989|
|33||Win||29–4||TKO||8 (10)||21 Oct 1989|
|32||Win||28–4||MD||10||18 Sep 1989|
|31||Win||27–4||UD||10||27 May 1989|
|30||Win||26–4||UD||10||11 Mar 1989|
|29||Loss||25–4||UD||12||27 Jan 1989||For IBF super-middleweight title|
|28||Win||25–3||SD||10||18 Jul 1988|
|27||Win||24–3||UD||10||7 Mar 1988|
|26||Win||23–3||UD||10||1 Feb 1988|
|25||Loss||22–3||DQ||12 (12)||21 Nov 1987||For South African light-heavyweight title;|
Malinga disqualified for an intentional low blow
|24||Win||22–2||TKO||4 (10)||18 Oct 1987|
|23||Loss||21–2||SD||12||9 May 1987||Lost South African light-heavyweight title|
|22||Win||21–1||UD||12||15 Dec 1986||Retained South African light-heavyweight title|
|21||Win||20–1||PTS||12||19 Oct 1986||Won South African light-heavyweight title|
|20||Win||19–1||UD||12||28 Jun 1986||Retained South African middleweight title|
|19||Win||18–1||TKO||8 (12)||8 Mar 1986||Retained South African middleweight title|
|18||Win||17–1||RTD||10 (12)||14 Dec 1985||Retained South African middleweight title|
|17||Win||16–1||PTS||6||27 Jul 1985|
|16||Win||15–1||RTD||5||22 Jun 1985|
|15||Win||14–1||TKO||8 (8)||20 Apr 1985|
|14||Win||13–1||KO||2 (10)||15 Mar 1985|
|13||Win||12–1||RTD||6 (10)||26 Oct 1984|
|12||Win||11–1||UD||12||15 Jun 1984||Retained South African middleweight title|
|11||Win||10–1||PTS||8||1 May 1984|
|10||Win||9–1||KO||4 (10)||27 Feb 1984|
|9||Win||8–1||UD||12||7 Feb 1983||Won vacant South African middleweight title|
|8||Win||7–1||PTS||6||4 Oct 1982|
|7||Win||6–1||KO||2 (10)||13 Sep 1982||Won Natal middleweight title|
|6||Win||5–1||RTD||2 (6)||28 Aug 1982|
|5||Win||4–1||PTS||6||5 Jun 1982|
|4||Loss||3–1||PTS||6||17 Apr 1982|
|3||Win||3–0||KO||4 (4)||30 Nov 1981|
|2||Win||2–0||PTS||4||12 Sep 1981|
|1||Win||1–0||TKO||1 (4)||8 Aug 1981||Professional debut|
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byBruce McIntyre
| South African|
7 February 1983 – October 1986
Title next held byGregory Clark
| South African|
19 October 1986 – 9 May 1987
| South African|
11 October 1990 – March 1995
Title next held byGinger Tshabalala
|Inaugural champion|| ABU super-middleweight champion|
14 August 1994 – November 1994
Title next held byBertrand Tchandjeu
| South African|
4 March 1995 – March 1996
Title next held bySoon Botes
|Minor world boxing titles|
| WBF (Federation) |
5 June 1998 – 19 March 1999
|Major world boxing titles|
| WBC super-middleweight champion |
2 March 1996 – 6 July 1996
| WBC super-middleweight champion|
19 December 1997 – 27 March 1998
| Oldest super-middleweight|
2 March 1996 – present