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Botha cleared after drugs claim

2013-06-12 13:05
Francois Botha (File)
Cape Town - The World Boxing Association (WBA) has distanced itself from the drug allegations made against Francois Botha following his defeat against former All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams.

A WBA spokesperson confirmed the organisation had no information on Botha's reported positive test following the fight against Williams in Brisbane, Australia on February 8 this year.

The WBA spokesperson said the Botha-Williams fight had not been recognised for the organisation's international heavyweight title, due to the organisers' decision to reduce the bout from 12 rounds to 10 at late notice.

The "White Buffalo" appeared to be well ahead on points after 10 rounds, while Williams - the New Zealand heavyweight boxing champion - appeared to be tiring visibly at that point.

Botha claimed he would have achieved a knockout had the fight gone two extra rounds. Instead, he lost via a contentious points decision.

"I have been badgering Williams and his handlers for a rematch," said Botha, who has fought against the likes of Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Mike Tyson during his 61-bout career. 

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