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'Baby Jake' Matlala dies at 51

Updated: December 7, 2013, 3:33 PM ET
Associated Press

JOHANNESBURG -- Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala, a four-time world champion in the flyweight and junior flyweight divisions and one of Nelson Mandela's favorite fighters, has died. He was 51.

The death of the South African boxer Saturday was announced by family spokesman Ray McCauley.

Matlala died two days after Mandela, who attended Matlala's last bout in 2002. At the time, the boxer gave the former president one of his belts.

Matlala's former promoter, Rodney Berman, wrote ...

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