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Baby Jake: SA's boxing giant

Baby Jake: SA’s boxing giant

There has never been a boxing champ as small as South African boxing giant Jacob "Baby Jake" Matlala. At just 4ft 10in or 147cm, he is not much taller than the average Lord of the Rings hobbit. This, he says, is part of the reason why he quit boxing at the age of 40 last year. He had run out of small people to fight.
'Baby Jake': small boxer

‘Baby Jake’: small boxer, big heart

He was the shortest ever boxing world champion, and the only South African to win four world titles. But it was "Baby Jake" Matlala's heart that captured the imagination of the South African public.


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