TODAY IN HISTORY

August 29, 2019

On this day, 29 August 1987 (Exactly 32 years ago today), Ghana’s Azumah Nelson successfully defended his WBC Featherweight title for the 6th time with unanimous decision over Marcos Villasana.

The victory was Nelson’s second in 18 months over the Mexican challenger, having also won a majority decision in the first meeting.

Location: Olympic Auditorium, Los Angeles, California, USA
Referee: John Thomas
Judge: Chuck Hassett 118-108
Judge: Harry Gibbs 117-111
Judge: Rudy Ortega. 117-110
World Boxing Council Featherweight Title
Weights: Nelson 125½; Villasana 126

On this day 29 August 1885 (Exactly 134 years ago today) John L. Sullivan beat Dominick McCaffrey on points in Round 7 (of 6) to win the inaugural world heavyweight championship of gloved boxing under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules at Chester Park in Cincinnati.

Sullivan, who entered the bout as the American bare-knuckle heavyweight champion, knocked McCaffrey down several times in a fight that was scheduled for six rounds but continued to an unofficial seventh round. It was not only the first heavyweight title fight in which three-ounce gloves were used, it also was the first to incorporate the three-minute round format.

On this day 29 August 2015 (Exactly 4 years ago today) Leo Santa Cruz beat Abner Mares by 12-round majority decision to win the vacant WBA featherweight title at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

In an action-packed PBC bout in which both fighters were cut by accidental headbutts and combined to throw more than 2,000 punches, the unbeaten Santa Cruz held off an early charge by Mares to become a three-division world champion after already having earned titles at 118 and 122 pounds.

On this day 29 August 2004 (Exactly 15 years ago today) Future undisputed world light heavyweight boxing champion Andre Ward of the US won the light heavyweight gold medal at the Athens Olympics beating Magomed Aripgadjiev of Belarus on points.

On this day 29 August 2004 (Exactly 15 years ago today) The 28th Summer Olympic Games was officially closed in Athens, with the United States finishing first with a total of 101 medals including 36 gold medals, followed by China (32 gold medals) and Russia (28 gold medals)

On this day 29 August 2004 (Exactly 15 years ago today) German Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher clinched his 5th straight F1 World Drivers Championship with a 2nd place in the Belgian F1 Grand Prix at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps.

On this day 29 August 2009 (Exactly 10 years ago today) Cristiano Ronaldo made his debut for Real Madrid, scoring a penalty in their 3-2 win over Deportivo La Coruña.

On this day 29 August 2011 (Exactly 8 years ago today) American Carmelita Jeter won the 100m gold (10.90sec) ahead of Veronica Campbell Brown and Kelly -Ann Baptiste at the 13th IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Daegu.

Jeter got out of the blocks with Shelly- Ann Fraser-Pryce, who is known for her fast starts. The two were even through the first half of the race until Jeter pulled away for a clear win. Fast closing Campbell-Brown and Baptiste edged past Fraser-Pryce at the finish.

On this day 29 August 1999 (Exactly 20 years ago today) The 7th World Championships in Athletics was officially closed in Seville, Spain with the United States topping the medal table with 10 gold medals, followed by Russia (5gold) and Germany (4 gold).

 

STORIES: GEORGE MAHAMAH


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