Blasts from the past: Kallie wins on an all-white night

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Blasts from the past: Kallie wins on an all-white night

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Today in SA sports history: February 4
1978 — On Saturday, January 28, Kallie Knoetze, the verbose heavyweight boxer known as “Die Bek van Boomstraat”, knocked out US star Duane Bobick in the third round at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg. Until that point, Bobick, a 1972 Olympian, had lost only once in more than 40 fights, to then world title contender Ken Norton. Dignitaries at ringside included cabinet ministers Piet Koornhof and Pik Botha, as well as Springbok rugby players Kevin de Klerk and Johan Strauss, who had tried to sneak into prime seats at ringside, but were ejected by police. 2004 — Bafana Bafana, needing to beat Morocco by four goals to advance from the group stage of the African Nations Cup, have to settle for a 1-1 draw in Tunisia. Patrick Mayo put SA 1-0 up midway through the first half, but their opponents equalised 10 minutes later through a penalty converted by Coventry City defender Youssef Safri.
2017 — Hekkie Budler reclaims the marginal IBO junior-flyweight title he last held in 2011, winning the vacant belt as he stops Joey Canoy of the Philippines in the eighth round at Emperors Palace. In the intervening years Budler had won and lost the IBO and WBA strawweight titles.
2018 — The Proteas are bowled out for their lowest ODI total on home soil, getting dismissed for 118 by India at Centurion in the second match of the series. JP Duminy and Khaya Zondo top-scored with 25 apiece, and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was the chief destroyer for the visitors with 5/22. The Indian batsmen reached the winning target in the 21st over. The SA total was one run lower than the previous lowest total of 119 the team had managed against England in Port Elizabeth in 2009, but 49 higher than the lowest Proteas total of all time, 69 against Australia in Sydney in 1993.

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