Former SA Games Champion Dies

Blackie Zwarts, who fought as a welter weight in the 1960's, has died in Boksburg at the age of 73.

Zwarts held the rare distinction of never winning or losing a professional fight on points. He won eight of his 16 bouts inside the distance, drew two and was stopped in the other six.

Francois Cornelius Zwarts, who was born in Brakpan east of Johannesburg on November 27 1939, died on Sunday April 7. He had been ill for a long time.

As an amateur, Zwarts won the welter weight title at the 1964 SA Games. After turning professional, he was trained by the well-known Cyril Carroll. In his first professional bout at the Johannesburg City Hall on August 16 1965, he drew over four rounds against Japie Smit.

He won his next three fights inside the distance but was then stopped in the eighth round by a future SQA welter weight champion, Patrick Toweel, in a clash for the vacant Transvaal welter weight title.

In a return match in April 1968, Toweel stopped him in the second round.

Zwarts beat Tickey Azor, Brian Watson, Pat Breedt, Boet de Bruyn, Jokkie Eli and Bennie Nieuwenhuizen, all top fighters at the time.

He also lost to Pierre Fourie in a bout for the Transvaal middle weight title, to Coert Fourie and twice to Spider Kelly.