Blast from the past: Vic puts his shoulder to the wheel, but ...


Blast from the past: Vic puts his shoulder to the wheel, but Parés hooks it

Today in SA sports history: August 7

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Today in SA sports history: August 7

1948 — Vic Toweel, who would go on to become SA’s only undisputed world boxing champion, loses a controversial decision to Arnoldo Parés of Argentina in the first round of the bantamweight competition at the London Olympics. Had Toweel won, his next opponent would have been Australia’s Jimmy Carruthers, who later handed the South African his first professional defeat, while relieving him of his crown. Carruthers beat Parés, but he was unfit to fight Hungarian Tibor Csik in the next round. Csik went on to win the bantamweight gold.

1971 — The Springboks secure a 3-0 series clean-sweep over Australia when they win the final third Test in Sydney 18-6. SA flyhalf Piet Visagie scored 12 of SA’s points with a try, three conversions and a penalty to end a tour that had been marked by anti-apartheid protests. It was also the first time the Boks had completed a full tour unbeaten, having also won their provincial matches to keep the traditional Springbok head trophy reserved for the first team to beat them. ..

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