Blasts from the past: Hekkie hoiks Diaz out the park
Today in SA sports history: February 1
1959 — Gary Player beats another SA golfing legend, Bobby Locke, in a thrilling finish to win the East Rand Open at Springs by two shots. Locke was seven shots behind at the 10th hole, and reeled off six birdies on the next eight holes to reach the 18th tee just one stroke behind. But he couldn’t produce more magic on the final hole.
1992 — Thulani “Sugarboy” Malinga loses a split decision in his challenge against WBO super-middleweight champion Chris Eubank in Birmingham, England. Malinga was knocked down in the fifth round, but he still did enough to convince one of the three judges that he’d won the fight. The other two gave it to the Englishman by margins of two and four points. It was Malinga’s second failed world title challenge, but he would make it third time lucky four years later.
2014 — Hekkie Budler retains his WBA and IBO strawweight titles as he stops Karluis Diaz of Colombia in the first round at Emperors Palace. On the same bill Nkosinathi Joyi is knocked out in the third round by Filipino Rey Loreto for the vacant IBO junior-flyweight title.
2014 — US-based Capetonian Dominique Scott breaks the SA women’s indoor mile record clocking 4min 36.11sec while competing at the Razorback Invitational in Fayetville. Scott, who competed successfully for the University of Arkansas, improved that time nearly a year later, but that was on an oversized track.
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