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Blast from the past: Frith makes her mark on the Comrades


Blast from the past: Frith makes her mark on the Comrades

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1950 — Vic Toweel wins the world bantamweight title as he outpoints veteran Manuel Ortiz at the Wembley Stadium in Johannesburg. Ortiz had two reigns as champion, first winning the belt in 1942 and defending it 15 times before losing to Harold Dade. He regained it in a rematch and had five more defences before losing to the relatively inexperienced Toweel, who was unbeaten in 13 bouts at the time. Ortiz’s record stood at 94 wins, 21 losses and three draws. Toweel remains the only South African boxer to have been an undisputed world champion.   

1974 — WBA bantamweight title-holder Arnold Taylor, SAs second world boxing champion, suffers a shock points defeat to unheralded American Lorenzo Trujillo in Port Elizabeth, in the final of three non-title bouts ahead of his disastrous defence against Korea’s Soo-Hwan Hong.

1980 — Facing the British and Irish Lions for the first time since the calamitous tour of 1974, the Springboks score five tries to clinch victory in the first Test at Newlands 26-22. Flyhalf Tony Ward kept the visitors in the game with five penalties and a drop goal, failing to convert his team’s only try by prop Graham Price. With the scores locked at 22-22 in injury time, scrumhalf Divan Serfontein, making his debut, scored the winning try. The key to the Bok victory was their composure, with skipper Morne du Plessis refusing to retaliate and channelling emotions into the game after he was punched without provocation by his opposite number, Derek Quinnell, early in the match. ..

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