Baby Jake 1962-2013 | Boxing legend Jacob 'Baby Jake' Matlala passed away on Saturday 7 December at the age of 51 after suffering from a lung problem related to pneumonia. Often described as "the little big man", Matlala was one of South Africa's most successful sportsmen - four times a world champion in the flyweight (50kg) division.
Boxing legend Baby Jake Matlala dies at 51
South African boxing legend, Baby Jake Matlala, passed away on Saturday. According to EyeWitness News, Matlala had been admitted to hospital on numerous occasions over the past few years with complications related to pneumonia."He died at 11am at Charlotte Maxeke [Johannesburg] Academic Hospital, after a lung problem," said family spokesman Pastor Alan McCauley, of Rhema Church.
I failed in the fast food business: Baby Jake
Having beaten double pneumonia, Baby Jake Matlala is plotting a comeback to boxing. Not to compete, but campaigning to get the sport back into schools.Flattened by the illness in September, the former four-time world champion has only recently started regaining his strength.His face is thinner than fans would remember.