SASCOC president Gideon Sam on Tuesday paid tribute to former WBF heavyweight boxer Mike Bernardo, who died in Cape Town on Tuesday.
The bald-headed Bernardo, 42, was a well-known name in pugilistic circles, having plied his trade in the boxing, kick-boxing and martial arts arenas.
Exact details of his death are still unknown.
He won the WBF title back in the year 2000 when he beat Czech Republic opponent Dan Jerling in Hungary to claim the vacant title.
“Condolences from SASCOC and the sports fraternity to the family,” said Sam.”We are always saddened by the death of one us and call on all our people to show sympathy to the family of Mike.”
Bernardo made his pro debut in 1993, knocking out Delius Musemwa in the third round. He ended his boxing career in Cape Town in 2001 and ended with a record of 11 victories and one defeat.
After his boxing career ended he went on to a popular career in the far east where he earned the nickname of Beru-Chan in Japan and took part in five World Grand Prix finals.
His kick-boxing and martial arts career ended in 2004, brought on by injury.
Towards the end of his career he flirted with a film career in East Europe but not much is known about that.