'Trimmer' Botha shocks Parker
Francois Botha, right (Getty)
Cape Town - Boxers Joseph Parker and Francois Botha have made their final
weigh-ins ahead of Thursday's heavyweight clash in Auckland.
According to the stuff.co.nz website, Parker, 21, weighed in at 102.9kg, while his out-spoken South
African opponent measured up at a hefty 116.5kg at Trusts Stadium,
where the fight will take place.
Parker, who recently returned from a two-month training camp in Las
Vegas with Kevin Barry, wasn't concerned with the 13.6kg
difference. He admitted that he actually thought Botha, 44, would have
''He's a bit trimmer than before,'' he said.
''He told me he was going to be ready for the fight. He told
everyone he would be ready for the fight, and that he doesn't want to
lose to Baby Joseph. If he's comfortable with that weight, he's come
The 1.97m tall Parker said he intends to use his height advantage over the 1.88m Botha.
''Botha is a bit shorter than me, so I'll use the jab in the
beginning and hopefully work away at him from a distance,'' he said.
The bout is expected to start around 09:30 SA time.
Francois Botha (Gallo Images)