Blast from the past: Volbrecht down and out for seven years
Today in SA sports history: April 6
1980 — Harold Volbrecht challenges hard-hitting WBA welterweight champion Pipino Cuevas of Mexico in Houston. After four rounds the South African was leading on the scorecards of two judges. But in the fifth round he got nailed by Cuevas’s left hook and went down for the count. Volbrecht said afterwards he thought he heard the referee shouting “break”, so made the mistake of stepping back with his guard down. Cuevas would lose his belt to the US’s Tommy Hearns. Volbrecht would get another world title shot nearly seven years later.
1994 — SA’s cricketers succumb tamely in a 36-run defeat to Australia in the seventh ODI at Newlands, Cape Town. The visitors, spearheaded by Mark Waugh’s 71, scored 242/6 in their 50 overs, then restricted the hosts to 206/5. Opener Andrew Hudson, with 62 balls from 92 deliveries, was the only SA batsman to get past the thirties. Shane Warne (3/31) and Paul Reiffel (1/18) helped to bog them down. Despite the defeat, SA still led the eight-match series 4-3...