Blast from the past: The birth of the legend of Young Pluto

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Blast from the past: The birth of the legend of Young Pluto

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Today in SA sports history: January 17
1899 — Young Pluto, a fighter of mixed race, becomes the first South African to challenge for a world boxing title when he takes on George Dixon for the featherweight crown in New York. He was heavier than the stipulated weight and was knocked out in the 10th round. According to some reports Pluto was born Joe Brown in Port Elizabeth and had a couple of fights in SA in 1888 before emigrating to Australia. However, there are conflicting reports claiming Pluto was born in Nova Scotia. Either way, he has long been part of SA ring lore.

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