Two great boxing journalists
Possibly two of the greatest boxing journalists who reported on the game in the 1970s and 1980s were Chris Greyvenstein and Leslie Sehume.
Greyvenstein began his career as a sportswriter for the Landstem, Sunday Express and later the Cape Times, where he became the managing editor. He was also Consulting Editor of the SA Boxing World magazine for many years and edited with Norman Canale, the South African Sportsman magazine.
He was the author of eight books, two of which were outstanding works, Springbok Saga and The Fighters, which became the basis for a television series.
Chris was also a keen photographer and possibly got more pleasure from that than from his talent for the use of words.
He was a member of the Cape Boxing Board of Control for several years, but resigned because it conflicted with his independence as a sportswriter.
Greyvenstein won countless awards for journalism and was also inducted into the SA Breweries Sports Hall of fame.
Chris died in Cape Town in 1995 at the age of 64.
Leslie Sehume was a highly respected writer who, after stints as a freelance journalist, was invited to join the then Bantu World as a fulltime reporter, and in 1959 was appointed Sports Editor.
He started boxing as an amateur while a student at St Peter’s Secondary School in Rosettenville, Johannesburg, and in 1949 opened his own gym in Germiston. Later he studied at the Thompson Editorial Centre in Cardiff, Wales.
Sehume also trained a few boxers, among whom was Jacob “Baby” Ntseke, who knocked out Jerry Moloi in 25 seconds of the first round to win the vacant Transvaal lightweight title in March 1959.
In 1962 he left “The World” to become news editor with the “Post” newspapers and in 1964 he was sent to Lusaka, Zambia, as representative of the Central African edition of Drum magazine. In 1965 he returned to Johannesburg to work as a feature writer for the magazine.
In 1966 he became sports editor of The World magazine.
He also worked for the Golden City Post and edited The Mail of Bophuthatswana at one time. Leslie was also a Contributing Editor for the boxing magazine Knockout in the 1980s.
He was a real sports fanatic and, as a feature writer for the Knockout and Ringside magazines, wrote many incisive articles.
Leslie was also a show business song writer and wrote scores for a professional quartet in which he sang.
In 2015 Sehume received the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Lifetime Achiever award.
The 88-year-old Sehume was the only South African, or one of the few known South Africans, to attend the Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman “Rumble in the Jungle” in Kinshasa at the Mai 20 Stadium on 30 October 1974.