South African boxing will never be the same following the death of legendary boxing trainer and manager Mzimasi “Mzi” Mnguni.

Mnguni died on Saturday morning at the age of 73.

The Eastern Cape boxing icon had been battling ill health since suffered stroke in 2014, which left him in a wheelchair.

Mnguni made history by becoming the trainer who produced the most world boxing champions in the country, including Welcome “The Hawk” Ncita.

The Eastern Cape province has paid tribute to Mzi, pointing to the vital role he played in the promotion and development of boxing in the country.

“While his passing is the last round of the late part of his life, Mr Mnguni’s legacy and contribution to boxing is an everlasting mark in the boxing world,” said provincial spokesperson Mvusiwekhaya Sicwetsha.

“We have a moral duty to keep on supporting boxing so that our province can regain its position as the home of boxing champions.”

Mnguni produced no less than 10 greatest world champions, mainly IBF holders.

Mnguni was presented with two Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Sports Ministry Fikile Mbalula.

His legacy lives on.

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