Blasts from the past: Outsider Louis storms in to win Open


Blasts from the past: Outsider Louis storms in to win Open


Today in SA sports history: July 18

1976 — Hugh Baiocchi becomes the second South African to win a European Tour event that year when he takes the Scandinavian Enterprise Open by two strokes with an overall 17-under-par 271 in Sweden. The tournament eventually morphed into the Scandinavian Masters in 1991. SA’s first success on the Tour that season was achieved by Vincent Tshabalala, who won the French Open in May.

1997 — Boxer Baby Jake Matlala scores a great upset as he stops American Michael Carbajal to win the marginal IBA junior-flyweight title in Las Vegas. Carbajal, one of the hardest punchers in the history of the division, was a former WBC, IBF and WBO world champion who engaged in a tough trilogy against Mexican Humberto Gonzalez. Matlala outboxed Carbajal before the fight was halted because of cuts in the seventh round...

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