Blast from the past: Don takes a Primo jab at a future champ


Blast from the past: Don takes a Primo jab at a future champ

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: April 7

1932 — SA’s premier heavyweight, Don McCorkindale, takes on future world champion Primo Carnera of Italy at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Carnera, who would stun the world the following year, knocking out Jack Sharkey for the world crown, wins on points over 10 rounds. McCorkindale was SA’s only world-ranked heavyweight until Kallie Knoetze and Gerrie Coetzee in the 1970s.

1980 — Utility back Chris Burger, playing right wing, scores two tries and kicks two conversions as Villagers down three-times defending champions Maties 14-3 in the final of the national club rugby championships in Durban. Flyhalf Derek Kohler scored the third try for Villagers, captained by Springbok skipper Morne du Plessis. Burger would die later in the year after breaking his neck while playing fullback for Western Province in a Currie Cup match against Free State...

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