Vuyani Bungu was born on 26 February 1967 in Mdantsane, Eastern Cape,
South Africa. He attended the local primary and high school before
dropping out at grade nine to follow his passionate sport, boxing.
During his amateur career Bungu won 108 fights and suffered 20 losses.
He turned professional on 26 April 1987 with fourth round knockout over
Xolela Makhuluma. Fransie Badenhorst inflicted the first defeat on Bungu
on 28 August 1989, two years after turning professional. However, Bungu
managed to avenge his defeat in May 1990 to capture the South African
title and went on to defend it successfully five times. On 20 August
1994, after only 12 rounds, Bungu won the International Featherweight
championship when he defeated Kennedy McKinney, of the United States
of America, at the Carousel, Hammanskraal. Bungu also defeated Mckinney
in a title fight re-match in April 1997. Bungu went on to defend his
IBF title thirteen times before losing it to Nassem Hamed for the World
Boxing Organisation championship belt.
On 11 March 2000, Hamed knocked-out
Bungu on the fourth round to retain his WBO belt. It was Bungu’s
first defeat in eight year since turning professional and he decided
to retire after the fight. In 2003 after
three years and four months Bungu returned to the ring to face Lehlohonolo
Ledwaba. He lost the fight. In his professional career Bungu has won
39 fights with 18 knockouts and suffered 4 defeats.
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