Blast from the past: Schutte wins slugfest over ‘real life’ Rocky

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Blast from the past: Schutte wins slugfest over ‘real life’ Rocky

Today in SA sports history: February 19

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Today in SA sports history: February 19

1977 — Former SA heavyweight champion Mike Schutte outpoints world title contender Chuck Wepner over 10 rounds at the Wembley Stadium in Johannesburg. He survived after being tagged in the ninth round, and received an extra minute’s break at the start of the 10th round when the ring lights suddenly went out. Wepner had lost his 1975 title bid to Muhammad Ali in brave fashion, inspiring the Rocky movie by Sylvester Stallone.

1994 — Hansie Cronje scores his maiden ODI century as SA edge Australia by just five runs at the Wanderers in the opening match of their home series. Cronje hit 112 from 120 balls as SA reached 232/3 in their 50 overs. SA restricted the Aussies to 227/5 with Eric Simons taking 2/29 in his 10 overs. That would be the first of only two hundreds Cronje would score in limited overs internationals, the second also coming against Australia later that year...

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