Blasts from the past: Murray finally throws in the towel


Blasts from the past: Murray finally throws in the towel


Today in SA sports history: April 25
2001 — Bafana Bafana are beaten 0-1 by Italy in a friendly in Perugia. Goalkeeper Hans Vonk made a couple of good saves but couldn’t stop Vicenzo Montella’s effort in the 53rd minute.
2003 — Former marginal world champion Gary Murray, the Scotland-born Capetonian, engages in his final boxing bout, getting knocked out in the second round by little-known Sandile Ngwenze. Murray held the marginal WBU welterweight title from 1995-1996, and was already considered a spent force by the time he was stopped in the first round by then SA champion Peter Malinga in 1998. Trainer Harold Volbrecht advised him to quit the sport at the time, but Murray had eight more bouts, losing five, four of them inside the distance.

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