Langton "Schoolboy" Tinago
|Real name||Langton Tinago|
|Rated at||super feather/light/light welter/welterweight|
|Born||September 28, 1949|
|Died||July 17, 2018 (aged 68)|
|Wins||83 (KO 16)|
|Losses||20 (KO 4)|
Langton "Schoolboy" Tinago was a Zimbabwean super feather, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight boxer who was active in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. He won the Zimbabwe lightweight title, Zimbabwe welterweight title, Commonwealth lightweight title, and Commonwealth super featherweight title.
Tinago died on 17 July 2018 in Gweru.
In 2016, Tinago started a boxing club called Ascot Boxing Club. The club was however shut down later apparently due to lack of sponsorship.
Langton was born in 1949 in Shurugwi.
In April 2018, Tinago was reported to be struggling economically. He was quoted saying:
Right now I feel neglected, wondering where all those people who used to fill up Rufaro Stadium just to watch me fight are when I am struggling like this. The only income I get is my pension from the Gweru City Council and a ‘barbershop’ I rent out.”
Tinago also complained that he wasn't getting any recognition for his work:
“I won three titles at the Commonwealth, that is two lightweight titles and a super-featherweight title. I was unstoppable and I am by far Zimbabwe’s greatest sportsperson, but why don’t I get recognition for everything I did for this country? If I were from Europe or a white person I could still be getting a lot of money and honour. Yet In this country, people are waiting for me to die so that they can come and deliver glowing speeches standing next to my coffin."
His son, Langton Tinago, is also a boxer, who at some point winning the Youth Games gold medal in 2012. He, however, left the sport and went to South Africa to do other work because boxing wasn't paying enough.
- Makomborero Mutimukulu, The emotions of Schoolboy – Boxing legend Tinago feels neglected, The Sunday Mail, Published: 22 April 2018, Retrieved: 22 April 2018
- [Katherine Sayce (Ed), Tabex, Encyclopedia Zimbabwe], Tabex, Encyclopedia Zimbabwe, (Quest Publishing, Harare, 1987), Retrieved: 25 July 2019