Blast from the past: Coetzee crushes Spinks in Monte Carlo

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Blast from the past: Coetzee crushes Spinks in Monte Carlo

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Today in SA sports history: June 24

1979 — In a display of total domination, Gerrie Coetzee stops former world heavyweight champion Leon Spinks in the first round of their elimination bout in Monte Carlo. The fight lasted two minutes and three seconds, when the referee waved it over as Spinks went down for the third time. SA television audiences, however, didn’t get to watch it live because it took place on a Sunday. The SABC screened it just after midnight instead. The win meant Coetzee would meet John Tate, who beat Kallie Knoetze in the other eliminator, for the WBA crown vacated by Muhammad Ali. Spinks had briefly held the world title the previous year when he had dethroned Ali before losing it in the rematch several months later.

1995 — The Springboks edge favourites New Zealand 15-12 in extra time to win the Rugby World Cup in their maiden tournament. In the only try-less final to date, SA flyhalf Joel Stransky slotted three penalties and two drops, the second clinching the match at Ellis Park. ..

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