Johnny du Plooy dies

2013-04-12 13:15

Cape Town - Former South African heavyweight boxer Johnny du Plooy has died. He was 48.

In his 33-fight career he compiled an overall record of 27 wins, 5 losses, and 1 draw, including 22 wins by knock out.

All losses were stoppage losses to well-known opponents - Mike Weaver, Renaldo Snipes, Francesco Damiani, Pierre Coetzer, Corrie Sanders.

Du Plooy battled a heart condition last year, during which he was hospitalised for eight days and lost 21kg in the process. His exact cause of death is yet to be confirmed.

Du Plooy's death comes nearly seven months after Sanders died after being shot in Brits.


  • Matt ClassWar Trotsky - 2013-04-12 09:46

    Cause of death??

      ProudSaffan - 2013-04-12 11:27

      Time ran out.

      Foc Us - 2013-04-12 12:35

      @Twakkie ... dont be a d@@s they added the last paragraph AFTER the question was asked, Media24 should NOT publish something that is not complete

  • Lindy Jeffery - 2013-04-12 09:49

    Yes exactly. Be more specific. What did he die of?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2013-04-12 09:58

      My money is on a stroke or heart attack.

      ProudSaffan - 2013-04-12 11:27

      Grim Reaper caught him.

      Gungets Tuft - 2013-04-12 14:24

      Everyone dies of heart failure. Now, what caused his heart to fail.

      Kenny Grass - 2013-04-12 17:27


  • Foc Us - 2013-04-12 09:50

    Wow a face of the past .... RIP

      Johnny Better - 2013-04-12 10:37

      Shame man. Nog 'n YSTER!!! RIP Johnny.

  • Nick Collis - 2013-04-12 09:51

    Johnny would be the first to say that as a fighter he wasn't the hardest worker ....but in terms of physical talent he was right up there. He also had the priceless ability to generate excitement as a heavy weight. Although he lost to Pierre Coetzer their fight was an SA classic. After his retirement from the ring he gave back to local boxing . RIP Johnny !

      Brett Taylor - 2013-04-12 10:09

      Totally agree Nick.Unfortunately he did not realise his full potential but the excitement and charisma he brought into the ring will be sorely missed.

      marius.fourie.526 - 2013-04-13 01:25

      Absolutely Brett. I saw one of his earlier professional fights. I think it was the second or third one on Ellispark Stadium. He fought against an American. He beat the crap out of the American and won the fight in the first round. My girlfriend's uncle was a amateur boxer and was in the dressing room afterwards and said the American was crying and said he has never been hit so hard in his life. Johnny had the most vicious right I have ever seen.

      george.thysse - 2013-04-15 12:08

      Johnny had the most natural talent that the South Africa Boxing faternaty ever produced. If he only trained harder he would have been the best the world had ever seen. To me he was one of the most exiting boxers to watch, and in the business world he was a very serious service provider. RIP Johnny.

  • Sulette Behnke - 2013-04-12 09:52

    Reports from last year states that he has had battles with heart disease. Rest in Peace

  • Sipho Marete - 2013-04-12 09:56

    Still relatively young. RIP

  • Hilda Hunter - 2013-04-12 10:06

    This is a very sad day in the boxing world. Johnny you will be missed

  • Warren Carne - 2013-04-12 10:16

    RIP Johnny

  • Jenifer Johnstone - 2013-04-12 10:21

    my sympathies to his family.I was an avid fan. He made sa proud.

  • Christo Tokkie Ferreira - 2013-04-12 10:30

    RIP Johnny, we will never forget your AWESOME fights.

  • Timothy Smee - 2013-04-12 10:38

    RIP Johnny Du Plooy

  • Adriaan Albertyn - 2013-04-12 10:45

    Rip Johnny

  • Debbie Johnson - 2013-04-12 10:46

    SA Sporting legend. RIP Johnny Du Plooy

  • Felix Njewa Kankhukwa - 2013-04-12 10:53


  • Lily van der Merwe - 2013-04-12 11:00

    R.I.P Oom Johnny, Al wat ons het is al die memories. Op n tyd was Oom een helse groot deel van my lewe en al daai memories sal ek vir altyd naby my hart hou. Oom gaan baie baie gemiss word. Sterkte aan Chris, Gedoen, Monique an Klein Johnny Oom Johnny het baie probleme met sy hard gehad al vir jare, hy het in sy slaap dood gegaan.

      Carl Cox - 2013-04-12 11:46

      Lily, jy moet leer spel! Jy het groot probleme kind

      Gungets Tuft - 2013-04-12 14:26

      Lily can learn to spell, how are you going to stop being an #rse.

  • Roelof de Lange - 2013-04-12 11:00

    we salute you Johnny du Plooy R.I.P.

  • Ralph Michael Wigzell - 2013-04-12 11:03


  • Eric Fana Moloi - 2013-04-12 11:19

    South Africa had passionate boxers in those years and graced our screens,the likes of Brian Baronnet,Sakie n Jan Horn,Harold Volbrecht,Brian Mitchell,Gerrie Coetzee,Baby Jake,Jacob Morake and Elijah `Tap Tap`Makhathini to name a few, I am proud to have watched some of his fights in his days, may his soul find eternal peace

      Jaco Wium - 2013-04-12 20:02

      And who can forget Charlie Weir as well? Those were the days I got up at 03:00 to listen to the fights on the 'draadloos'...

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2013-04-13 09:35

      You guys are taking me back many years. Yes, we did get up at strange hours to watch our boxers challenge the best.

      Jon Jones - 2013-04-13 13:06

      Anyone know what happened to Tap Tap Makhatini ?. Saw his fight against Charlie Weir the silver assasin. Awesome.

  • Dean van Zyl - 2013-04-12 11:27

    Rus In Vrede oom Johnny!!!

  • Gebeds Hoekie - 2013-04-12 11:57

    Totsiens ou grote ons kan darem nog onthou oom sal gemis word ons innige simpatie met die familie sterk wees God gee krag

  • Leon Young - 2013-04-12 12:01

    dankie johnny

      Witwarm Tannie - 2013-04-12 12:19


      Witwarm Tannie - 2013-04-12 13:58

      Why the many thumbs down? Maybe he did something for you and hence "dankie". Grow some hairs you lot!

      Jaco Wium - 2013-04-12 20:05

      @ Witwarm: since you have trouble working it out for yourself: dankie Johnny vir die memories.

      george.thysse - 2013-04-15 12:40

      Msideni Ndiyase, you piece of crap. Why bring apartheid to this sad story of a great man. Typical. You must be one of those useless, brainless, flatface morons that blame your stupidity and lazyness to the past. The best for you is to jump off a cliff where you can rot in the sun and the worms can devour you. Maybe you can take Witwarm Tannie with you. You people blaming apertheid for everything makes me sick.

  • Witwarm Tannie - 2013-04-12 12:18

    Shame man!

  • Donovan Hendricks - 2013-04-12 12:30

    Ag no man,first Corrie and now Johnny.RIP buddy and haertfelt condolences the family

  • Tania Meyer Agu - 2013-04-12 13:07

    R.I.P jonny du plooy sterkte aan familie en vriende dink aan julle kani maklik wees nie en vra dat die Here by julle sal wees deur die moeilik tyd!

  • Stormers Fanbase Full - 2013-04-12 13:12

    RIP Champ.

  • Stormers Fanbase Full - 2013-04-12 13:12

    RIP Champ.

  • johan.vanheerden.737 - 2013-04-12 14:04

    RIP Johnny - thank you for the good times

  • Magomarele Gomi Thobejane - 2013-04-12 14:28


  • Danie Pienaar - 2013-04-12 15:02

    Johnny was one of the most exiting heavyweight boxers in the eighties, his second fight against Mike Weaver was a classic. R.I.P. Johnny.

  • johnnie.walker.7503314 - 2013-04-12 18:40

    RIP Johnny. Mike Schutte, Corrie Sanders, Johnny du Plooy... Our heavyweights are being chopped with a heavy axe.

  • Chris Louw - 2013-04-12 21:16

    I know His neighbours,He apparently died of a heart attack....

  • gert.pienaar.754 - 2013-04-12 22:44

    rip champ

  • Feeble Gastro - 2013-04-13 01:01

    One of his fights, can't remember the opponent, between rounds he said "ek's fukced up, hy gaan my nou uitslaan", and he came out and won by KO the very next round. RIP

  • Gesina Janse van Vuuren - 2013-04-13 08:37

    Rus in vrede, my innige simpatie vir die familie en vriende. Ag hy was 'n legend op sy tyd. So jammer hy moes so jonk gaan. Sterkte vir die familie vir die tyd wat voor le.

  • mart.botha - 2013-04-13 09:23

    RIP chap. You were a great boxer and your fights were exciting to watch.

  • Jon Jones - 2013-04-13 13:07

    RIP Johnny

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