Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s World Championship boxing belt was reportedly stolen, tweeps react. Image via Twitter @Tumiso_Seloane, @Ogra_SF

‘But Nelly M never won’: Nelson Mandela’s championship boxing belt stolen

‘Nelly M is the only boxer in history who has never won a fight but has a championship belt’: Tweeps react to Mandela’s belt being stolen.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela’s World Championship boxing belt was reportedly stolen, tweeps react. Image via Twitter @Tumiso_Seloane, @Ogra_SF

We’re only five days away from celebrating what would have been his 104th birthday and according to an eNCA exclusive, Nelson Mandela’s World Championship boxing belt has been stolen.

In light of this, Twitter users can’t seem to understand how “The father of the nation” — as he was affectionately called — has a World Championship belt when he had never won a single match in his life.


According to the publication, the World Championship boxing belt that belonged to former President Nelson Mandela was stolen on 1 July.

When staff members at the Nelson Mandela House in Orlando reported for duty on that day, they noticed that locks appeared to have been tampered with. This is when they noticed that the belt, which is one of the most important artefacts at the house, was missing.

The belt was a gift to Mandela from renowned American boxer, Sugar Ray Leonard.

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Soon after the news broke, “Nelly M” started trending. Yes, “Nelly M,” a term the Twitter streets or Ama2000 use to refer to Nelson Mandela.


In December 2013, SowetanLIVE debunked the myth that Madiba was a boxer. The article was published on 6 December 2013, which was the day after he passed.

As per the outlet, he trained as a boxer at the Donaldson Orlando Community Centre, now the Soweto YMCA, alongside more notable pugilists.

The famous 1953 photograph of a young Mandela was shot while he was sparring with the star of his gym, Jerry Moloi.

“I never did any real fighting after I entered politics,” Mandela recalled in his book, Long Walk to Freedom.

“My main interest was in training; I found the rigorous exercise to be an excellent outlet for tension and stress. After a strenuous workout, I felt both mentally and physically lighter. It was a way of losing myself in something that was not the struggle. After an evening’s workout I would wake up the next morning feeling strong and refreshed, ready to take up the fight again.”