Blasts from the past: Brawl in good time for Schutte in 1975


Blasts from the past: Brawl in good time for Schutte in 1975


Today in SA sports history: February 8
1975 — Mike “The Tank” Schutte, a popular figure in the boxing ring, makes his second challenge for the SA heavyweight crown against Jimmy Richards in Pretoria. He lost on points over 12 rounds, but that was an improvement on the 12th-round technical knockout defeat he suffered at the hands of Richards nearly a year earlier. Schutte would make it third time lucky in his next challenge in September 1975.
1997 — Baby Jake Matlala keeps his WBO junior-flyweight title with a split decision over Mickey Cantwell of England in London. On the same bill, SA middleweight champion Giovanni Pretorius was stopped in the seventh round by WBC super-middleweight titleholder Robin Reid.
1998 — Defending champions Bafana Bafana are held to a draw in their African Nations Cup opener against Angola in Burkina Faso. David Nyathi offered SA the best scoring chance, but nobody was in the box to meet his cross.
2002 — On the back of a disastrous test tour of Australia, SA find some consolation by winning the ODI Tri Series. They beat New Zealand 2-0 in the best-of-three-matches final, winning the second match in Sydney by six wickets on Duckworth Lewis (they won the first match of the final by eight wickets in Melbourne two days earlier). SA bowled out New Zealand for 175 and then reached the revised target of 172 with 47 deliveries remaining. Jonty Rhodes top-scored with 61 from 68 balls. Ironically, in four ODIs against Australia in the series, SA won only one, but in six matches against the Kiwis, they won five.

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