Sunday Times



1953: Olympic bronze medallist Willie Toweel makes his debut as a profession­al boxer, beating Jackie O’Connor on points over four rounds at the Wembley Stadium in Johannesbu­rg. Toweel, brother of world bantamweig­ht champion Vic, went on to win SA titles in an unpreceden­ted four classes from bantamweig­ht to welterweig­ht.

1976: Vincent Tshabalala, a former motor mechanic based in

Soweto, wins his first internatio­nal golf tournament, taking the French Open title by two strokes. He fired a final-round 67 to finish on 16-under-par 272. He won R5,712 and a goat from the West Rand Bantu Golf Union.

1977: Peter “Terror” Mathebula meets Joe Ngidi junior for the fourth and final time, putting his black SA flyweight title on the line. Mathebula, leading Ngidi 2-1, won when the challenger quit in the seventh round of their contest at the Westridge tennis stadium in Durban. Mathebula became the first black South African to win a world title three years later.

2001: SA take an unassailab­le 4-1 lead in the seven-match ODI series against the West Indies, beating the hosts by seven wickets in Bridgetown.

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