Blasts from the past: Hekkie cracks three titles in one klap
Today in SA sports history: May 20
1967 — Future world champion Arnold Taylor makes his professional debut, fighting to a six-round draw against Ray Buttle. The fight was refereed by former world heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, who was visiting SA at the time. Taylor beat Buttle in a rematch in their next bout, stopping him in the ninth round.
2000 — In a battle of future world champions, Corrie Sanders is beaten by Hasim Rahman in the seventh round of their clash in Atlantic City. Sanders’s marginal WBU title was at stake. But the next year Rahman became the undisputed world champion when he knocked out Lennox Lewis. And three years later Sanders knocked out WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko.
2018 — Hekkie Budler makes SA ring history as he wins three world titles in one go, surviving a late knockdown to outpoint Ryoichi Taguchi of Japan in Tokyo. Taguchi had held the WBA and IBF junior-flyweight titles as well as The Ring magazine belt awarded to boxers regarded as the best in their division. Budler, who had previously held the IBO junior-flyweight and IBO and WBA strawweight titles, equalled Cassius Baloyi’s SA record as a six-time world champion. He was only the second SA boxer after Vic Toweel in 1950 to receive a Ring belt.
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