Blasts from the past: US pug slayed in 1965 by ‘Axe Killer’

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Blasts from the past: US pug slayed in 1965 by ‘Axe Killer’

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Today in SA sports history: February 27

1965 — Joe “Axe Killer” Ngidi beats former world champion Joe Brown of the US on points over 10 rounds at the Wembley stadium in Johannesburg. “Old Bones” Brown, the world lightweight champion from 1956 to 1962, fought in SA on several occasions and faced other local stars including Levi Madi and Enoch Nhlapo. 

1970 — Anthony “Blue Jaguar” Morodi dethrones Enoch “Schoolboy” Nhlapo of the black SA lightweight title at the Orlando stadium, winning on points over 12 rounds. This was the first of two bouts between the pair, who boast the highest number of triumphs in SA boxing. When Nhlapo retired he had 100 professional wins, the most of any South African. Morodi is second on the all-time list with 95 victories...

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