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SA boxing finally gets its big book

  • By ClintonV
  • November 1, 2017
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Ron Jackson watched his first live fight in 1949 when George Hunter beat Freddie Vorster in Springs for the SA light-heavyweight title. A few decades have passed since, but Jackson … Continue Reading →


The week’s best sport reads

  • By ClintonV
  • July 20, 2016
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Navel-gazing is almost a national pastime for SA rugby lovers, so it’s encouraging to see the habit has caught on elsewhere. Cue Australia. Former Wallaby fullback Matt Burke asks in … Continue Reading →


Cracking reads of the week

  • By ClintonV
  • July 13, 2016
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As the Olympic Games loom into view – 22 days and counting – I found this piece on South Africa’s first black Olympians fascinating. I had picked up bits and … Continue Reading →


Of underdogs and over-achievers

  • By ClintonV
  • July 1, 2016
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I’m no fan of sports statistics, mainly because too much stock is placed in them and they excite the bores among us. Paralysis by analysis and all that. This is … Continue Reading →


Scratching at the heart of SA rugby

  • By ClintonV
  • December 2, 2015
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  It weighs as much as a small baby, but I was pleased when the updated edition of “The Springbok Captains” arrived on my doorstep last week. I read the first … Continue Reading →


Boxing story for the ages

  • By ClintonV
  • October 21, 2015
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‘I kill a man and most people forgive me. However, I love a man and many say this makes me an evil person.’ – Emile Griffith. It’s always struck me … Continue Reading →


Meeting a man and his demons

  • By ClintonV
  • October 1, 2015
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Ashwin Willemse has written a book. This is itself is no surprise. The surprise is that it took him so long. Anyone who has been around South African rugby has … Continue Reading →


A salute to SA’s cricket giants

  • By ClintonV
  • September 9, 2015
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Cricket is luckier than most sports. Its shape and rhythm lends itself to fine writing, which explains why, along with boxing, it enjoys such strong literary material. In England, the … Continue Reading →