By Ron Jackson
Zukile “Tyson” Filana who fought as a featherweight in the professional ranks from 1994 to 2000 died in the Booth Hospital in Cape Town on Saturday June 15, 2013.
Filana who resided in Cape Town made his pro debut in August 1994 at the Peninsular Technikon in Bellville, Cape Town against Muzkisi Makolwa, scoring a third round technical knockout win.
Zukile who had a good amateur career joined the professional ranks under the guidance of the late Alfred Okusemqoka Mange and won the vacant Western Cape junior featherweight title on December 16, 1995 when he stopped Mpumeleo Mabikela in the tenth round in Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape.
On March 25, 1998 he challenged future WBU bantamweight and featherweight, and IBF junior featherweight champion Lehlohonolo Ledwaba for the South African junior featherweight title.
However, it was one step too far against the talented Lebwaba and he was knocked out in the third round.
After this setback he lost to Luyanda Mini (tko 3) and in his last fight in August 2000 he was stopped in the second round by Andile Mlandu. He finished with a reported record of 7-5-2; 2.
After retiring from boxing he opened the Langa Boxing Club and trained and managed Dalisizwe Komani, Patrick Madzinga and others.