Boxing Champion Belt Sugar Ray Leonard Gave to Nelson Mandela is Stolen from Museum in South Africa

FILE – Sugar Ray Leonard holds up the middleweight championship belt after defeating Marvin Hagler in a split decision to win the title in Las Vegas, Nev., April 6, 1987. A World Boxing Council championship belt belonging to former South African President Nelson Mandela has been stolen from a museum in Soweto. (LENNOX MCLENDON / AP)

A World Boxing Council championship belt belonging to former South African President Nelson Mandela has been stolen from a museum in Soweto, according to police.

The belt was given to Mandela by American boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard during one of his visits to South Africa.

It was one of many artifacts inside the Nelson Mandela National Museum, a major tourist attraction for local and international travelers.

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Mandela, a former amateur boxer, revered the belt, and it was prominently displayed in the museum in a house where he once lived in Soweto township, west of Johannesburg.

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