Blasts from the past: Baby Jake takes a belting
Today in SA sports history: September 7
1991 — Baby Jake Matlala goes into his first world title challenge, taking on Irishman Dave McAuley for the IBF flyweight crown in Belfast. But his bid ends in the 10th round after he is dropped and then counted out. Matlala would go on to win four world titles. Three more South Africans would lose bids for the IBF flyweight belt (including two of Matlala’s opponents, Hawk Makepula and Mzukisi Sikali), and Moruti Mthalane. Mthalane, however, would win it on his second and third attempts.
2005 — Lukas Podolski scores a hat trick as Germany beat Bafana Bafana 4-2 in a friendly played in Bremen. Shaun Bartlett had converted from the spot in the 28th minute to level the match at 1-1, but two goals within two minutes just after the restart, one by Tim Borowski and the other Podolski, gave the hosts a 3-1 advantage. Benni McCarthy made it 2-3 when he scored in the 50th minute, but six minutes later Podolski struck again.