On this day, 4th June 1994 (Exactly 25 years ago), Ghana’s Ike Quartey beat Crisanto Espana of Venezuela by TKO in round 11 of their scheduled 12-round championship for the WBA welterweight title at the Palais Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France.
Espana was hurt badly by Quartey early in R11, and was only held up from going down by the ropes.
The referee stopped the action and administered a mandatory eight count to Espana.
Quartey quickly finished off Espana with a flurry, finished off with a right hand that sent Espana down. As Espana was falling, his corner threw in the towel, and the referee immediately stopped the fight.
At the time of the stoppage, one judge had Quartey ahead, one had him behind and a third judge had the fight even.
Location: Palais Marcel Cerdan, Levallois-Perret, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Referee: Julio Cesar Alvarado
Judge: Oscar Perez Carbonell 95-95
Judge: Justo Vasquez Marcos 99-95
Judge: Lou Tabat 94-96
On this day 4 June 2006 (Exactly 13 years ago) Ghana beat Korea Republic 3-1in their last 2006 FIFA World Cup warm-up match played at the Easter Road, Edinburgh .
Asamoah Gyan penalty (35)
Sulley Muntari (62)
Michael Essien (80)
Lee Eul Yong (49)
“I am very happy with the build-up, especially because we have scored goals so we can do a good job in the World Cup,” said Ghana coach Ratomir Dujkovic.
“We know South Korea are very strong but they didn’t push as much as usual.
“Maybe we had more luck in scoring goals but we are strong, honest and have good skill.”
South Korea boss Dick Advocaat was unconcerned by the reverse.
He said: “It is quite simple, the World Cup did not start today for us. The World Cup starts on the 13th so wait and see what we will do on the 13th.”
Ghana Line-up: Kingston (Adjei, 46); Pantsil, Mensah, Shilla Illiasu , Addoquaye Pappoe; Eric Addo; Stephen Appiah, Michael Essien, Sulley Muntari; Asamoah Gyan, Matthew Amoah (Razak Pimpong, 81).
Subs not used: Adu Sarpei, Samuel Kuffour, Derek Boateng, Tachie-Mensah, Habib Mohammed, Dan Quaye, George Owu, Eric Addo, Issah Ahmed,Haminu Dramani .
South Korea Line-up : Lee Woon-jae, Choi Jin-chul, Kim Jin-kyu, Kim Do-heon, Ahn Jung-hwan, Seol Ki-Hyun, Lee Young-pyo, Baek Ji-hoon, Chung Kyung-Ho, Kim Sang-Sik, Song Chong-Gug.
Some Notable Roland Garros Finals on this day
On this day 4 June 2016 (Exactly 3 years ago) Spain’s Garbine Muguruza beat the then world number one Serena Williams in straight sets to win her first Grand Slam title at the French Open.
Fourth seed Muguruza won 7-5 6-4 to make amends for losing the previous year’s Wimbledon final against Williams.
She is Spain’s first female champion at Roland Garros since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998.
Williams had hoped to win a 22nd Grand Slam singles title and tie Steffi Graf’s Open-era record.
“I’m so, so excited – to play in a Grand Slam against one of the best players, it’s the perfect final,” Muguruza said.
“I’m so happy. I had to be very ready and concentrated on all the points and just to fight as much as I can.
“All the matches I’ve played against her helped me. It’s our favourite tournament in Spain and I want to thank all my Spanish supporters
On this day 4 June 2005(Exactly 14 years ago) Justine Henin beat Mary Pierce for French Open title
Justine Henin kept her cool and capped her comeback, while a nervous Mary Pierce endured the worst drubbing in a French Open final since 1988.
Flourishing on her favorite stage, Henin beat Pierce 6-1, 6-1 to win the French Open, completing a remarkable recovery from a blood virus with her fourth major title and her second at Roland Garros.
On this day 4 June 1994 (Exactly 25 years ago) 4-time major singles champion, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario of Spain beat Mary Pierce 6-4, 6-4 for her 2nd career Grand Slam title, and her 2nd French singles crown.
On this day 4 June 1988 (Exactly 31 years ago) Steffi Graf dominated Natalia Zvereva of Belarus 6-0, 6-0 in shortest women’s singles Grand Slam final in Open Era; 32 minutes.
The official time of the match given on the scoresheet was 34 minutes , however just 32 minutes of playing time, split into two periods of nine and 23 minutes due to a rain break. It is the only “double bagel” Grand Slam final of the Open Era.
On this day 4 June 1983 (Exactly 36 years ago) 18- time Grand Slam singles champion Chris Evert beat Mima Jausovec of Yugoslavia 6-1, 6-2 for her 15th Grand Slam title and 5th French singles crown.
Chris Evert Lloyd routed Mima Jausovec of Yugoslavia in 66 minutes to win the French Open tennis championship for a record-tying fifth time.
It was Evert’s 15th major title, having won the French Open five times, the U.S. Open six times, Wimbledon three times, and the Australian Open once.
On this day 4 June 1928(Exactly 91 years ago) France’s Henri Cochet, who won 7-Grand Slam singles titles, won his 2nd of 4 home titles after beating countryman René Lacoste 5-7, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3.
STORY: GEORGE MAHAMAH