Blasts from the past: Ludick loses fizz against Cokes
Today in sports history: April 16
1968 — Willie Ludick’s bid to win the world welterweight title ends when he’s stopped in the fifth round by WBA and WBC champion Curtis Cokes in Dallas. Cokes came to South Africa a couple of months later and beat Joe Ngidi and Joseph Sishi in non-title bouts. He also faced Ludick in a rematch in Maputo, winning in the third round. Cokes, who would lose his crown to Jose Napoles in 1969, returned to SA in 1998 as the trainer of then WBO junior-middleweight champion Winky Wright for his defence against Harry Simon.
2000 — Mark Boucher and Lance Klusener produce a late onslaught against Australia to lead South Africa to a four-wicket victory at Ellis Park. The win gives SA a 2-1 series victory as well as a morale boost after the recent sacking of skipper Hansie Cronje. This was the first series captained by Shaun Pollock, who took 4/37 in the match as SA bowled out the visitors for 205. SA were 122/6 when Boucher (55 not out) and Klusener (52 not out) came together.
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