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Botha urged to call it a day

2013-08-05 11:20
Francois Botha (AFP)
Cape Town - A former manager of South African heavyweight Francois Botha has urged the boxer to call time on his career.

In mid-June, Botha, a former IBF heavyweight champion, was laid out flat in the ring in the second round of his fight against New Zealand rookie Joseph Parker, in Auckland. The loss marked Botha's fifth consecutive defeat.

Thinus Strydom from World Sport Promotions says the "White Buffalo" could get hurt in the ring at the age of 44.

"Parker has only just turned 21 and his fight against Botha was only his sixth in the paid ranks. Up to that stage he had only ever once fought six rounds and that is enough proof that Botha is washed-up as an international campaigner," Strydom said via a statement released to the media on Monday.

"I can't see how he'll manage to obtain a license from SA Boxing to continue fighting overseas because he's likely to get hurt very badly, and that's something that will have to be considered very seriously before he'll be issued with a license.”

After the beating at the hands of the novice Parker, Botha had talked about retiring but he has made an about turn to accept offers to fight abroad later this year.

"I just had two big offers. What do I say - money talks and bullsh*t walks," said Botha. "Those offers were too good to be turned down."

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