Blasts from the past: AB’s outrageous 162 from 66 balls
Today in SA sports history: February 27
1965 — Joe “Axe Killer” Ngidi beats former world champion Joe Brown of the US on points over 10 rounds at Wembley Stadium in Johannesburg. “Old Bones” Brown, the world lightweight champion from 1956 to 1962, fought in SA on several occasions and faced other local stars including Levi Madi and Enoch Nhlapo.
1970 — Anthony “Blue Jaguar” Morodi dethrones Enoch “Schoolboy” Nhlapo as SA's black lightweight champion at Orlando Stadium, winning on points over 12 rounds. This was the first of two bouts between the pair, who boast the highest number of triumphs in SA boxing. When Nhlapo retired he had 100 professional wins, the most of any South African. Morodi is second on the all-time list with 95 victories.
1991 — Welcome Ncita makes the fifth defence of his IBF junior-featherweight crown, outpointing Jose “Sugar Baby” Rojas of Colombia in St Vincent, Italy.
1999 — Bafana Bafana thrash Gabon 4-1 in an African Nations Cup qualifying match at Odi Stadium in Pretoria to move to the top of their group. Aaron Mokoena, who would go on to win more SA caps than any other player, made his debut in defence alongside Lucas Radebe and Mark Fish. John Moeti scored in the first half with Phil Masinga, Shaun Bartlett and Benni McCarthy netting in the second stanza. Theodore Nzue scored for Gabon. 1999 — Masibulele “Hawk” Makepula makes the first defence of his marginal WBU junior-flyweight title by outpointing Lorenzo Trejo of Mexico over 12 rounds in London. On the same bill, former IBF lightweight champion Phillip Holiday is beaten over 12 rounds by WBU champion Colin Dunne of England.
2005 — Katlego Mphela scores in the first half as Bafana Bafana beat Mauritius 1-0 in their Cosafa Cup Group A decider in Curepipe.
2010 — Hekkie Budler wins the first of his world titles when he gets the decision over Juanito Rubillar of the Philippines to claim the marginal IBO’s vacant junior-flyweight title at Emperors Palace.
2013 — Hekkie Budler makes the second defence of his marginal IBO strawweight title when he outpoints Renan Trongco of the Philippines at Emperors Palace.
2015 — Batting at number five, AB de Villiers clobbers West Indian bowlers to score 162 from 66 balls at a World Cup match in Sydney. SA scored 408/5 and bowled out their opponents for 151 for a 257-run victory, SA’s largest margin in terms of runs to date.
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