Blasts from the past: Harold takes a horrible klap
Today in sports history: April 6
1980 — Harold Volbrecht challenges hard-hitting WBA welterweight champion Pipino Cuevas of Mexico in Houston. After four rounds the South African is leading on the scorecards of two judges. But in the fifth round he gets nailed by Cuevas’s left hook and goes down for the count. Volbrecht said afterwards he thought he heard the referee shouting break, so he made the mistake of stepping back with his guard down. Cuevas would lose his belt to Tommy Hearns. Volbrecht would get another world title shot nearly seven years later.
2001 — Mbulelo Botile delivers a lacklustre performance as he loses his IBF featherweight title to Frankie Toledo in his first defence. Botile had won the title with a vicious knockout of Paul Ingle, putting him into hospital with bleeding on the brain. Although Ingle recovered, it was believed Botile had struggled emotionally.
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