Boxing legend Baby Jake Matlala dies at 51

Boxing legend Baby Jake Matlala. (Gallo)

Boxing legend Baby Jake Matlala. (Gallo)

Former South African boxer and junior flyweight champion Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala has died.

South African boxing legend Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala has died, Eye Witness News reported on Saturday.

Matlala (51) is a former South African boxer and junior flyweight champion.

He was the shortest boxing world champion ever, at just 1.47 metres.

Matlala held four titles and was the first South African to win belts in different weight divisions.

In 2010, he was sick and was reported to be bankrupt. – Sapa

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