Blasts from the past: ‘Hitman’ rubs out Toledo for WBU title
Today in SA sports history: November 15
1952 — Vic Toweel loses his world bantamweight crown as he’s knocked out in the first round by Australian Jimmy Carruthers at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg. He was making the fourth defence of his belt, but Toweel struggled to reduce weight for this fight, which was delayed twice. It was initially supposed to be on October 3, but Toweel had eye problems. Then it was November 8, but in late October Carruthers was hospitalised with a “poisoned” left foot, requiring pencillin shots for his infected middle toe. Some locals believe it was an intentional ploy to keep Toweel in the strength-sapping weight-reduced zone for longer.
1996 — Cassius Baloyi wins the first of his world titles when he outpoints Frankie Toledo to take the WBU junior-featherweight crown in St Petersburg, Florida. Baloyi went on to become the first South African to win world titles in three weight divisions. 1997 — African champions Bafana Bafana are hammered 0-3 by European champions Germany in a friendly in Dusseldorf. Dietmar Hamann, Olivier Bierhoff and substitute Jorg Heinrich scored for the hosts.
2003 — Benni McCarthy scores early in the second half to give Bafana Bafana the lead against Egypt in a friendly in Cairo, but SA still go down 1-2. Skipper Abdel Hady scored in the 73rd minute and striker Mido headed in the winner in the dying seconds.