Blasts from the past: ‘Terror’ trips up on his title defence
Today in sports history: March 28
1981 — Peter “Terror” Mathebula, South Africa’s first black boxing world champion, loses his WBA flyweight title in his first defence when he’s stopped by Santos Laciar of Argentina at Orlando Stadium. Two of the judges had the fight even at the time of the stoppage in the seventh round. Mathebula was only the third South African fighter to become world champion after Vic Toweel (1950) and Arnold Taylor (1973), both of them in the bantamweight division.
1997 — Mzukisi Sikali, nicknamed Laciar after Mathebula’s conqueror, loses his marginal WBU junior-flyweight to future Thai star Pongsaklek Wonjongkam on a first-round stoppage in Thailand. Sikali went on to win two more peripheral world titles at flyweight and junior-bantamweight.
2000 — South Africa score what is then a team record for most ducks in an ODI innings as they go down to Pakistan by 67 runs in Sharjah. Pakistan were all out for 168. But in reply, South Africa managed just 101, with Dale Benkenstein, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock, Pieter Strydom and Charl Willoughby failing to score. The Proteas would surpass that record of ducks two years later.
2007 — Cameron van der Burgh, just 18 at the time, wins his first world championship swimming medal, taking bronze in the 50m breaststroke in Melbourne. That was the start of a run reaching the podium at every long-course world championships up to and including 2017.
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