Blasts from the past: Fearless Laciar wins war on Terror
Today in SA sports history: March 28
1981 — Peter “Terror” Mathebula, SA’s first black boxing world champion, loses his WBA flyweight title in his first defence when he’s stopped by Santos Laciar of Argentina at Orlando Stadium. Two of the judges had the fight even at the time of the stoppage in the seventh round. Mathebula was only the third SA fighter to become world champion after Vic Toweel (1950) and Arnold Taylor (1973), both of them in the bantamweight division.
1997 — Mzukisi Sikali, nicknamed Laciar after Mathebula’s conqueror, loses his marginal WBU junior-flyweight title to future Thai star Pongsaklek Wonjongkam on a first-round stoppage in Thailand. Sikali went on to win two more peripheral titles at flyweight and junior-bantamweight.
2000 — SA score what is then a team record for most ducks in an ODI innings as they go down to Pakistan by 67 runs in Sharjah. Pakistan were all out for 168. But in reply SA managed just 101, with Dale Benkenstein, Lance Klusener, Shaun Pollock, Pieter Strydom and Charl Willoughby failing to score. They would surpass that record of ducks two years later.
2007 — Cameron van der Burgh, just 18 at the time, wins his first world championship swimming medal, taking bronze in the 50m breaststroke in Melbourne. He went on to reach the podium at six consecutive long-course world championships from 2007 until 2017, his final showpiece before retiring in 2018.
2007 — Bafana Bafana are beaten 0-1 by Bolivia in a friendly at Ellis Park in Johannesburg. Macbeth Sibaya deflected a shot by Joselito Vaca into his own net in the first half to give the visitors the victory.
2009 — Siphiwe Tshabalala scores in the 89th minute as Bafana Bafana edge Norway 2-1 in a friendly at the Royal Bafokeng stadium. Bernard Parker had put the hosts up 1-0 in the seventh minute, but that was cancelled out by a powerful free-kick by Morten Gamst Pedersen. Norway were ranked 45th in the world and SA 27 spots lower.
2017 — Bafana Bafana play to a 0-0 draw against Angola in a friendly in East London, but the result pushed their unbeaten run to 17 matches.
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