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Blast from the past: Budler proves he’s lord of the ring in Tokyo


Blast from the past: Budler proves he’s lord of the ring in Tokyo

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1967 — Future world champion Arnold Taylor makes his professional debut, fighting to a six-round draw against Ray Buttle.  

1979 — Double world champion Kork Ballington wins the 250cc and 350cc races at the Spanish Motorcycle Grand Prix at Jarama to entrench his lead on the two world championship rankings. But the event is marred by a pay controversy after 500cc winner Kenny Roberts of the US, refuses to accept his trophy in protest after his appearance fee was slashed by a third. There was a growing discontent among riders, already earning well through sponsorship and racing non-GP events, at the lowly racing fees. 

2000 — In a battle of future world champions, Corrie Sanders is beaten by Hasim Rahman in the seventh round of their clash in Atlantic City. Sanders’ marginal WBU title was at stake. But the next year Rahman became the undisputed world champion when he knocked out Lennox Lewis. And three years later Sanders knocked out WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. ..

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