Blasts from the past: Bafana edge closer to World Cup 1998


Blasts from the past: Bafana edge closer to World Cup 1998

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: June 15
1996 — Shaun Bartlett scores twice as Bafana Bafana beat Malawi 3-0 in the second leg of their World Cup qualification match in Johannesburg. Mark Fish netted the third to ensure South Africa advanced to the second round of qualification, the group stage where they would go up against Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Congo-Brazzaville.
1996 — Sakhumzi Magxwalisa becomes the first South African boxer to win a world title in Thailand, stopping Chaosingthong Chalermsri in the second round to lift the marginal WBU junior-bantamweight title in Bangkok. Magxwalisa, 20, went into the bout with a record of nine wins and one defeat, which he had suffered in his previous outing. But his reign was short-lived, losing the belt outside the ring after he was found unconscious and needing medical attention in the lead-up to his first defence, also in Thailand. He was said to have been drained from weight loss. Magxwalisa moved up to junior-lightweight for his next bout nine months later, nearly 7kg heavier.
2013 — Underdog Hekkie Budler wasn’t given a chance against Nkosinathi Joyi, but he boxes superbly to edge the veteran by split decision and win the marginal IBO strawweight title at Emperors Palace. Budler would add the WBA crown to his collection the following year.

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