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Blast from the past: Costly mistake sees Volbrecht go down for ...


Blast from the past: Costly mistake sees Volbrecht go down for the count

Sports reporter

Today in SA sports history: April 6

1980 — Harold Volbrecht challenges hard-hitting WBA welterweight champion Pipino Cuevas of Mexico in Houston. After four rounds the South African is leading on the scorecards of two judges. But in the fifth he gets nailed by Cuevas’s left hook and goes down for the count. Volbrecht said afterwards he thought he heard the referee shouting break, so he made the mistake of stepping back with his guard down. Cuevas would lose his belt to Tommy Hearns. Volbrecht would get another world title shot nearly seven years later.

1994 — SA’s cricketers succumb tamely to a 36-run defeat against Australia in the seventh ODI at Newlands in Cape Town. The visitors, spearheaded by Mark Waugh’s 71, scored 242/6 in their 50 overs, then restricted the hosts to 206/5. Opener Andrew Hudson, with 62 balls from 92 deliveries, was the only SA batsman to get past the thirties. Shane Warne (3/31) and Paul Reiffel (1/18) helped to bog down the SA batsmen. Despite the defeat, SA still led the eight-match series 4-3...

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