By Ron Jackson
The well trainer Josiah Mosiah who trained South African champions like Morris Mohloai and Lybo Nkoko died in Soweto recently after a long illness. He was 85.
Mohloai won the South African welterweight title in May 1975 when he outpointed the highly rated Maxwell Malinga. He then made successful defences against Malinga, Griffith Mgijima and Thuson Mapela before being knocked out in the second round by Harold Volbrect in April 1978 in a clash for the SA supreme welterweight title.
Nkoko won the vacant SA bantamweight title in November 1989 when he beat Xolani Kemka but lost it in his first defence against Derrick Whiteboy in August 1990.
Josiah was assisted by David Rabotapi for many years and amongst others they trained was Samson Mohloai, the brother of Morris.
Samson won the Transvaal middleweight title in July 1982 when he knocked the classy Leo Simelane in two rounds, but was beaten on points over 12 rounds by Thulani “Sugarboy” Malinga in February 1983 when challenging for the SA middleweight title. In an illustrious career Malinga won the South African middle, super middle and light heavy titles and on the world scene he captured a WBF and two WBC super middleweight belts.