Blast from the past: Ledwaba KOs Alvarez to retain world title

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Blast from the past: Ledwaba KOs Alvarez to retain world title

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Today in SA sports history: October 6

1927 — Willie Smith, SA’s 1924 Olympic gold medallist, wins British recognition of the world bantamweight title when he beats Teddy Baldock on points in London. The fight was also the first fistic event to be covered live on radio in Britain. Smith’s claim to the world title was disputed and died after he lost his next bout in the US two months later. While never being regarded a world champion at home at the time, Smith’s claim probably has merit, when considered today in the context of alphabet organisations.

1990 — Vuyani Nene, who conquered future four-time world champion Baby Jake Matlala four times, loses in his only world title shot, getting stopped by IBF junior-bantamweight champion Ropbert Quiroga of the US in Pagliari, Italy...

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