Farewell to SA boxing’s smiling Shosholoza
Giovanni Pretorius was a warrior in the ring but always wore a smile outside it
Former SA middleweight champion Giovanni Pretorius, who died from Covid-19 complications on Monday, was a crowd-pleaser inside and outside the ring.
With his all-action technique of throwing endless punches, fused with his unwavering enthusiasm to block shots with his chin, he resembled Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa character. But more significantly his rugged style earned him the ringname Shosholoza.
In some ways he was a throwback to the real-life Rocky Graziano, and he had to work hard to achieve what he did...