Boxing Legend Langton Schoolboy Hits Hard Times

GWERU-Arguably Zimbabwe’s best boxer of all-time and four-time Commonwealth Boxing champion Langton “Schoolboy” Tinago is reportedly ill and has hit hard times at his Gweru base.

The 60-year old boxer is reportedly ailing at his Ascot suburb and has not been able to fend for his family of five.

Tinago, who was once employed by the Gweru City Council as a tractor driver, is now surviving on renting part of his house in Gweru’s high density suburb of Ascot.

Billy Tinago, the eldest son of the great boxer said his father had not been feeling well.

“We appeal to the boxing fraternity to come to my father’s rescue,” said Billy.

The plight of the once great boxer, Tinago exposes the inability of professional sport in the country to cater for the sportsmen once they retire.

Two months ago, boxers Farai Musiiwa and Modicai Donga donated part of their purse money from their fights in Namibia to Tinago.

Tinago retired from the ring in 1987 after 106 professional fights with 82 wins and 20 defeats but this did not mark an end to his involvement with the sport.

He has been in charge of the city council-run stable in the city, which has produced several young boxers among them Musiiwa and in 2004 coached the Midlands Youth Games team to a silver medal.