By Ron Jackson
Former Cape lightweight and junior welterweight champion Bramley Whiteboy died in Cape Town recently from cancer. He was 53.
Bramley made his pro debut in August 1976 with a first round knockout over Boy Boy Mpulampula and in his second fight was outpointed by Jacob Morake who was to die tragically after his fight with Brian Mitchell on November 2, 1985.
He was a journeyman fighter who fought some of the best fighters around at the time like Anthony Morodi (SA bantam, junior light and lightweight champion), Peet Bothma (SA lightweight champion), Norman Sekgapane (SA light and junior welterweight champion), Tsietsie Maretloane (SA featherweight champion), Coenie Bekker (SA jnr middleweight champion), Nkosana Mgxaji (SA jnr light and jnr welter champion), Gregory Clark (SA jnr middle and middleweight champion), Brett Taylor (SA jnr welter champion), Luvuyo Kakaza (SA jnr welterweight champion), Mpisekhaya Mbaduli (SA jnr light champion), Sidney Msutu (SA welterweight champion), Brian Baronet and Jeffrey Mankune.
Bramley had his last fight on November 10, 1994 in Lusaka when he was stopped in the first round by Felix Bwalya, and even though he lost 26 of his 62 recorded fights he was always a match for anyone