Blasts from the past: Reign of ‘Terror’ rolls on in 1977
Today in SA sports history: May 9
1953 — Olympic bronze medallist Willie Toweel makes his debut as a professional boxer, beating Jackie O’Connor on points over four rounds at Wembley Stadium in Johannesburg. Toweel, brother of world champion Vic, would go on to win SA titles in four classes from bantamweight to welterweight.
1977 — Peter “Terror” Mathebula meets Joe Ngidi junior for the fourth and final time, putting his black SA flyweight title on the line. Mathebula, leading Ngidi 2-1, won when the challenger quit in the seventh round of their contest at the West Ridge tennis stadium in Durban. Mathebula would become the first black South African to win a world title three years later.
2001 — SA take an unassailable 4-1 lead in the seven-match ODI series against the West Indies, beating the hosts by seven wickets in Bridgetown. Brian Lara top-scored with 92 from 125 deliveries as the West Indies were bowled out for 199. Jacques Kallis took 4/22 and Allan Donald 3/41. In reply, Herschelle Gibbs hit 107 from 132 balls as SA raced to victory in the 42nd over. Boeta Dippenaar, batting at four, struck an unbeaten 42. The West Indies had not lost a fully fledged ODI tour on home soil since going down 1-4 against Australia in 1991.
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