Blast from the past: Proteas on road to defeat despite Rhodes

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Blast from the past: Proteas on road to defeat despite Rhodes

Today in SA sports history: January 25

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Today in SA sports history: January 25

1994 — Jonty Rhodes top-scores with 43 as SA lose the deciding third ODI final against Australia by 35 runs in Sydney. The hosts made 223/8 in their 50 overs. But the Proteas run-chase never got going, with only two other batsmen scoring more than 20 runs as SA limped to 188/9. The visitors had won the first of the best-of-three final to decide a triangular tournament that had also featured New Zealand.

1997 — Peter Smith, son of world title contender Kosie, is stopped in the first round of his bid for the marginal WBU’s vacant super-cruiserweight title by American John McClain at the Carousel Casino. The division, introduced by the England-based sanctioning body, did not find traction and was scrapped soon afterwards, though the mainstream WBC introduced a similar idea in 2020, called bridgerweight, in which Smith's own boxer, Kevin Lerena, was highly ranked. Kosie Smith was outpointed over 15 rounds by Argentina’s Victor Galindez for the WBA light-heavyweight crown in 1976...

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