Blast from the past: Low blows fell Harold Volbrecht


Blast from the past: Low blows fell Harold Volbrecht

Sports reporter

Today in South African sports history: May 8
1976 — Harold Volbrecht suffers the first defeat of his professional career, losing by knockout to Gert Craemer. It was Volbrecht’s fifth paid outing, and he insisted he was felled after a series of low blows not picked up by the referee. “He hit my balls like a punching bag,” quipped Volbrecht, who fought Craemer five times in all. Volbrecht later won the national welterweight title against Craemer and defended it 19 times, a South African record across all weight divisions. The defeat to Craemer was the only occasion Volbrecht lost to a South African boxer. He challenged unsuccessfully twice for world titles.

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