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Blast from the past: Botile bombs his way to fourth title defence


Blast from the past: Botile bombs his way to fourth title defence

Today in SA sports history: June 29

Sports reporter

1974 — Future world champion Peter “Terror” Mathebula suffers the first stoppage defeat of his career in his eighth bout as professional. He lost on a fourth-round technical knockout to Joe Ngidi junior, but would go on to avenge the loss in style nearly two years later. By the time Mathebula, SA’s first black world champion, retired, he had been stopped in five of his nine career defeats.

1996 — Mbulelo Botile makes the fourth defence of his IBF bantamweight title by stopping Filipino Marlon Arlos in the ninth round in Fort Hare, Eastern Cape. 

2002 — Werner Greeff makes his debut as the Springboks trounce Argentina 49-29 at the PAM Brink Stadium in Springs. Wing Stefan Terblanche scored two of SA’s six tries, with flyhalf Andre Pretorius dotting down once and converting five tries and slotting three penalties. ..

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