Ex-boxing champ and Mandela favorite Jake Matlala passes away at 51

'Baby Jake' Matlala celebrates his 1997 TKO over Michael Carbajal to win the IBA light flyweight belt. Matlala passed away on Saturday at the age of 51.
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