Nelson Mandela is known for his political activism in his fight for both justice and freedom! I however would like to touch on the other fight in his life – his love for boxing. More so in his younger days, Madiba was quite well built and stocky in his younger days and I for one certainly would not wanted to have faced him in the ring! From reading an extract in his autobiography (Mandela, Long walk to Freedom) he never really enjoyed the violence of the sport but rather the science of it (how one can use one’s body to protect oneself).
He loved the training, and the exercise would be a way to relieve stress and tension. He felt physically and mentally lighter after a good workout and it was a way of escaping from the hardships he faced in the struggle! Madiba also enjoyed the fact that in order to beat your opponent you would have to use strategy in both attack and retreat!
Now I dont know about you, yes he is known as the political hero, the humanitarian and our national sports teams midas touch man but, for a man who enjoys the science of boxing more than the knockouts and the preferred use of strategy in a fight………….. I think deep down our former president and pugilist is a serious gamer and nerd at heart!! 🙂
On this your birthday Mr Mandela – just want to give a big shout out to you for the BIG part you played in ensuring that myself, fellow EHEHEHEHians and South Africans now live in a free and democratic South Africa!!
Image online, courtesy Bailey’s African History Archive.
Info obtained from passage in: Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela’s autobiography, page 193.
You can bite on both!