Blast from the past: Terror takes the world in LA

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Blast from the past: Terror takes the world in LA

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Today in SA sports history: December 13

1980 — Peter “Terror” Mathebula becomes the first black SA boxer to win a world title when he outpoints Tae Shik Kim of Korea for the WBA flyweight crown in Los Angeles. At that stage Mathebula was the third SA fighter to win a world belt after Vic Toweel in 1950 and Arnold Taylor in 1973, but he was the first to do it overseas.

1982 — Johan Kriek retains his Australian Open crown in Melbourne as he again beats American Steve Denton in the final. Kriek, who had downed Denton in four sets in the previous edition, triumphed 6-3 6-3 6-2 for the R79,200 winner’s cheque. Kriek had won the first title under the SA flag, but had since taken American citizenship to avoid compulsory two-year military service which, he said at the time, would have scuppered his career. He remains the only SA tennis player to have won a Grand Slam singles title...

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