South African multi-title holder, Brian Mitchell, won the WBA junior-lightweight title in 1986. He defeated Alfredo Layne of Panama in Sun City, on a tenth-round knockout to lift the title. Mitchell managed to defend the title a world record 12 times before retiring in 1991. He was also a SA Junior Lightweight Champion when he won this title. He is now a successful boxing trainer with a stable of promising young boxers. He has guided two boxers to world titles, namely Namibian Harry Simon and South African Cassius Baloyi.