Bits & Pieces

ARNOLD TAYLOR KO’d IN FIRST ROUND

Arnold Taylor, a Springbok in 1966, won the SA professional featherweight title in 1968 when he beat Andries Steyn.

Taylor was popular and highly rated and won the WBA bantamweight title when he knocked out Romeo Anaya in the fourteenth round at the Rand Stadium in Johannesburg on November 3 1973 in one of the most celebrated fights in SA boxing history.

In June 1968, Taylor dropped to bantamweight to challenge Dennis Adams for the SA title at the Johannesburg City Hall. Everyone expected the younger, faster and fitter Springbok to beat Adams.

A confident Taylor, wearing colourful shorts, came out fast. Adams, as always, looked rather flatfooted. Not many people knew he had been born with ankle problems but it was generally known that he seldom trained hard.

Taylor threw a few tentative left hooks. Then Adams moved in and landed a shot to the body that floored Taylor for the count. He was counted out 1 minute 31 seconds into the first round.

GERRIE v KALLIE - 6 TIMES

Gerrie Coetzee and Kallie Knoetze fought each other six times when they were amateurs.

They first met when Coetzee was 15 and Knoetze 17. Knoetze won their first fight and Coetzee the second.

A year later Knoetze won the third and in April 1973 won on a split decision in the final of the SA Games in Pretoria.

As an 18-year-old, Coetzee knocked out Knoetze in the third round of the final at the SA championships in Cape Town. Two months later, in Pretoria, he again knocked out Knoetze.

They met only once as professionals – on October 30 1976. Coetzee won on points over ten rounds.

Bernard Hopkins rewrites history

The phenomenal Bernard Hopkins has once again made history by becoming the oldest boxer (age 48) to win a world title. What a performance it was as he convincingly defeated Tavoris Cloud on all judges’ score cards.

Going into the fight the 31 year-old Tavoris Cloud was the unbeaten IBF world light- heavyweight champion. He drops to 19-1-0. Cloud is a good fighter, but it was Hopkins experience and defence that came out on top.

‘Tonight means a lot to me, but I think it means more to everyone else because I don’t plan on going anywhere. I’ll stop when I want to stop and after tonight, I don’t think people want me to stop either’ said Hopkins. “It feels good. It feels real good,” added Hopkins. “I’m going to Junior’s Restaurant and I’m going to have cheesecake.”