Blast from the past: Ortiz is forced to throw in the Toweel


Blast from the past: Ortiz is forced to throw in the Toweel


Today in SA sports history: May 31

1950 — Vic Toweel wins the world bantamweight title as he outpoints veteran Manuel Ortiz at the Wembley stadium in Johannesburg. Ortiz had two reigns as champion, first winning the belt in 1942 and defending it 15 times before losing to Harold Dade. He regained it in a rematch and had five more defences before losing to the relatively inexperienced Toweel, who was unbeaten in 13 bouts at the time. Ortiz’s record stood at 94 wins, 21 losses and three draws. Toweel remains the only South African boxer to have been an undisputed world champion.   

1974 — WBA bantamweight titleholder Arnold Taylor, South Africa's second world boxing champion, suffers a shock points defeat to unheralded American Lorenzo Trujillo in Port Elizabeth, in the final of three non-title bouts ahead of his disastrous defence against Korea’s Soo-Hwan Hong...

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