Lit­tle cheer for boxing leg­end Mat­lala’s fam­ily

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - NEWS - NONI MOKATI

BOXING leg­end Baby Jake Mat­lala is likely to be spend­ing his Christ­mas in and out of hos­pi­tal.

His gospel singer wife, Ma­pule Mat­lala, said her hus­band, who has been in hos­pi­tal re­ceiv­ing treat­ment for dou­ble pneu­mo­nia for sev­eral weeks, was re­cov­er­ing well, but there was still a long way to go.

“You can’t re­ally go any- where when you have a pa­tient, so go­ing for hol­i­days is out of the ques­tion. We will also be wait­ing to hear from the doc­tors,” she said.

Dur­ing a cour­tesy visit to Mat­lala at the Mil­park hos­pi­tal last month, newly ap­pointed Gaut­eng MEC for Sport, Arts, Cul­ture and Recre­ation Le­bo­gang Maile said the depart­ment had var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties lined up in a bid to as­sist the ail­ing boxing icon.

Prepa­ra­tions are un­der way for a boxing tour­na­ment to be held in Baby Jake’s hon­our at Em­per­ors Palace on Jan­uary 27. Or­gan­ised by Golden Gloves Pro­mot­ers and Su­pers­port, the tour­na­ment ti­tled “The Night of the Lit­tle Big Man” is ex­pected to at­tract many boxing en­thu­si­asts and leg­ends, and will see var­i­ous mem­o­ra­bilia sold on the day. The Golden Gloves web­site also re­ported that for­mer boxing cham­pion Jeff El­lis vis­ited Mat­lala in hos­pi­tal re­cently where he handed him a R20 000 cheque to help him get back on his feet again.

El­lis said dur­ing his visit Mat­lala had in­di­cated his in­ten­tion to be­ing at the tour­na­ment.

“He can’t wait. He knows he will be sur­rounded by friends and box­ers. I’m sure it will help his spirit tremen­dously,” El­lis said.

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