By Ron Jackson
One of South Africa’s most successful trainers in the 1980’s through to the 1990’s Leslie Whiteboy died at his home in Cape Town recently. Leslie was a useful amateur before he began devoting his time to managing and training his sons.
During his lifetime he possibly spent more time alongside and in the vicinity of boxing rings guiding his sons Bramley, Chris, Trevor, Derrick and Ashley, than some people spend at work in a lifetime. It was more than 30 years of his life as he watched and trained his sons through hundreds of bouts in the amateur and professional ring. His five sons boxed in 195 professional bouts and possibly a few hundred amateur fights. The Whiteboy family made an indelible mark on South African boxing wining five provincial and two South African titles.
Derrick, second youngest, was the most successful. Born in Cape Town on June 4, 1964, he won the SA bantamweight title in August 1990. He made eight successful defences and challenged Orlando Canizales for the IBF bantamweight title.
Chris, the second oldest of the Whiteboy brothers, was born in Cape Town in 1961 and was also an excellent fighter.
In his professional debut, in Cape Town on May 21, 1979, he won on points against Oupa Williams. Then he won the Cape Province junior lightweight, lightweight and welterweight titles and added the SA junior lightweight title.
Bramley, the eldest of the Whiteboy brothers, was born in Port Elizabeth on October 26, 1956 and began boxing at the age of eight. According to reports he had 118 amateur fights. He lost only four and won numerous amateur titles.
At the time the family lived in Gelvandale outside Port Elizabeth.
Bramley made his professional debut on August 7, 1976 and fought as a professional until 1994, starting as a featherweight and ending up in the welterweight division, but never reached great heights.
The other brothers were Trevor and Ashley. Trevor fought as a light-welterweight and Ashley was a welterweight who challenged for the WBC youth welterweight title in March 2002. The fight against the unbeaten Oleksandr Vetukh was held in Kiev, Ukraine, and Ashley was knocked out in the first round.
Trevor, who fought from 1986 to 1995, had only 13 professional fights, winning 3, losing 8 and drawing twice.
Ashley, the youngest of the brothers, compiled a record of 15 wins and 15 defeats in career that spanned 20 years. He won inside the distance only once after making his professional debut in February 1982 with a four round points win over Sondan Jokine.