By Ron Jackson
Norman Motsoaledi who fought as a welterweight in the professional ranks from 1958 to 1970 passed away after a long illness in Meadowlands, Soweto last Sunday. He was 73. Motsoaledi who was born in Alexandra Township near Sandton on October 10, 1935 joined the professional ranks on July 4, 1958 with a four round points win over Peter Sekoalo.
In his fifth professional fight he lost on points over ten rounds to future SA welterweight champion MacKeed Mofokeng in a fight for the vacant Transvaal welterweight title.
The slick boxing Motsoaledi’s career never really got off the ground as by the beginning of 1967 he had only taken part in twelve fights.
In 1967 he beat Gabriel Seleke and Silas Ncala but lost on points to Gabriel Dlamini and Mike Ramagole who would go to win the South African welterweight and light middleweight titles.
Norman’s stop start career continued with only four fights between 1968 and 1970 when after losing on points to Augustus Ntuli on April 18, 1970 he decided to retire.
However, Norman continued to serve boxing as a trainer and assisted Solly Selebi at the Yankee Boyz Club in Meadowlands.
The quiet spoken Motsoledi who worked as a messenger for a large company in central Johannesburg for many years before retiring due to ill health, finished with a record of 12 wins, with 7 inside the distance, 7 losses and 1 draw.
Stan Skinkiss from Manchester, England passed way suddenly at the age of 77 on March 5.
As an amateur Stan boxed for the Lily Lane ABC and won most of his 101 bouts. He won the Northern Counties featherweight title and reached the final of the British Railway Championship.
He joined the professional ranks in 1951 and in 50 fights he fought quality lightweights such as Freddie King, Leo Molloy, Johnny Butterworth., Teddy Peckham and Dave Charnley. He also fought world featherweight champion Hogan “Kid” Bassey.