Blasts from the past: The legendary ‘Axe Killer’

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Blasts from the past: The legendary ‘Axe Killer’

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Today in sports history: February 27
1965 — Joe “Axe Killer” Ngidi beats former world champion Joe Brown of the US on points over 10 rounds at the Wembley stadium in Johannesburg. “Old Bones” Brown, the world lightweight champion from 1956 to 1962, fought in South Africa on several occasions and faced other local stars including Levi Madi and Enoch Nhlapo.  
1970 — Anthony “Blue Jaguar” Morodi dethrones Enoch “Schoolboy” Nhlapo from the black South African lightweight title at the Orlando stadium, winning on points over 12 rounds. This was the first of two bouts between the pair, who boast the highest number of triumphs in South African boxing. When Nhlapo retired he had 100 professional wins, the most of any South African. Morodi is second on the all-time list with 95 victories.
2015 — Batting at number five, AB de Villiers clobbers West Indian bowlers to score 162 from 66 balls in a World Cup match in Sydney. South Africa scored 408/5 and bowled out the Windies for 151 to register a 257-run victory, their largest winning margin in terms of runs to date.

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