Former world champion hangs up his boxing gloves
ISAAC Hlatshwayo on Thursday called time on his boxing career and took the emotional, but long overdue decision, to walk away after 13 years in the ring. The 35-year-old gentle giant from Limpopo had been a professional boxer with huge success since 2000, and he said he began to mull the decision to quit after Boxing South Africa board member Dr Peter Ngatane noted that he was unable to take a punch. I believed that I could still do it, but somehow felt I should take his advice — ja, it is over," an emotional Hlatshwayo said.
Hlatshwayo was knocked out in round three by Ben Naoufel Rabeh for the vacant IBF Australasian welterweight title in New South Wales on July 20 2011. I was a nobody and it made me a world champion," said the boxer from the dusty streets of Shisasi Village who won the IBF title at Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut in the US on August 9 2009.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Day