Blast from the past: Ludick fizzles out to Cokes


Blast from the past: Ludick fizzles out to Cokes

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: April 16

1968 — Willie Ludick’s bid to win the world welterweight title ends when he’s stopped in the fifth round by WBA and WBC champion Curtis Cokes in Dallas. Cokes came to SA a couple of months later and beat Joe Ngidi and Joseph Sishi in non-title bouts. He also faced Ludick in a rematch in Maputo, winning in the third round. Cokes, who lost his crown to Jose Napoles in 1969, returned to SA in 1998 as the trainer of then WBO junior-middleweight champion Winky Wright for his defence against Harry Simon.

1996 — The Proteas beat Pakistan by eight wickets in an ODI in Sharjah. Fanie de Villiers took 3/28 in 10 overs as SA bowled out Pakistan for 188. Opener Andrew Hudson scored 94 from 86 deliveries as SA reached the target in the 34th over...

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