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Botha spots flaws in SBW

2013-02-07 15:46

Cape Town - Veteran heavyweight boxer Francois Botha says he has spotted flaws in the style of Sonny Bill Williams ahead of their WBA International bout in Brisbane on Friday.

PREVIEW: Sonny Bill Williams v Francois Botha

"He's a very basic fighter and in terms of international experience he's still green," Botha said after tipping the scales at 115.25kg on Thursday.

"He's got no balance and doesn't have any punching combinations. He's straightforward, so there's a lot for him to learn."

However, Botha remained somewhat wary of Williams, who is better known as an All Blacks rugby player, but is also the current holder of New Zealand's heavyweight title.

"He's a big guy, he's strong and could land a lucky punch, so I will be careful," the 44-year-old South African said.

"If you keep him busy you'll expose his lack of boxing skills."

Since his arrival in Australia a week ago, Botha said he had eased up considerably on gym work in an effort to stay strong for the bout.

"I've done all the donkey work back in South Africa, and it's just a matter of recharging the batteries. I've regained all my strength and I'm ready to kick ass.

"It's been very humid here and the bright lights above the ring could make it even hotter, but I've fought all over the world and I'm sure I can adapt to the conditions.

"It could be energy-sapping under the lights, but I'm feeling good to go."

Williams, the bookmakers' favourite, was less talkative ahead of the fight, and he said he would prove his worth in the ring.

"The showman's come out in him (Botha). He's been talking it up," Williams said.

"It's a privilege to fight him, but I won't be asking for his signature inside the ring."

Meanwhile Australian flyhalf Quade Cooper will also be making his professional boxing debut by fighting Barry Dunnett in a cruiserweight bout.

"It's getting a little bit tense, the atmosphere of this whole thing," Cooper said.

"I've learned a whole lot from this experience. I'm in great shape. Hopefully I'll finish up on top, but I'm not here to predict anything. I'll get in there and do my best."

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Comments
  • raeez.omar.5 - 2013-02-07 15:56

    Moer hom Francois!!!

      franklyn.davies.1 - 2013-02-07 16:41

      go make some money,Botha will flatten this guy for sure.

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-07 17:22

      Oh voeitog Francois!

      raeez.omar.5 - 2013-02-08 11:23

      Look if SBW wins then more people will take him serious going forward. If he fails to beat a guy who lost his last 3 fights then im afraid he has to stick to Rugby or maybe consider moving to Touch Rugby.lol

      Dam0Bradshaw - 2013-02-08 12:06

      Maybe Botha should arrange for an exhibition scrumming session against the "Beast"... I would pay to watch that ! I hope Quade kisses the Canvas early

  • gert.swart.393 - 2013-02-07 16:01

    The fact that the bookmakers favours SBW tells me that the fight is fixed. Botha is going to loose - it's been arranged. It seems to me that Botha is looking for a last paycheck before he retires and SBW is prepared to pay to enhance his career. Under normal conditions and considering SBW's lack of boxing skills and experience and given Botha's excellent track record, Botha should have been the favourite by far. I hope I am wrong!

  • rodney.louis.7 - 2013-02-07 16:08

    Let's get ready to rumble !!!!!!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-07 16:37

    Wanneer sal julle aan mekaar bliksem?

      jpotgieter1 - 2013-02-07 16:56

      Whahahah Sicelo! You can watch the fight on Super Sport 5 live @ 10:00 Friday 8 Feb

      sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-07 17:20

      Dankie J!!

  • Nick - 2013-02-07 16:51

    Is it just me or is Francois Botha becoming more and more like the old WWF wrestler Hulk Hogan??? - 40 something, peroxided, goateed, bandana wearing, trash talking and hoping that people still take him seriously???

      she.is.here.777 - 2013-02-07 17:02

      Only need the sex tape now and they can become twins?

  • jpotgieter1 - 2013-02-07 16:58

    Friday 8 Feb @ 10:00 - SuperSport Channel 5: International Boxing W B A International Heavyweight Title Fight: Sonny Bill Williams v Francois Botha

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-07 17:23

    Naai die Ou Ballie is mos nou bang vir die snortkop!!

  • sicelo.brukwe.9 - 2013-02-07 18:10

    Ek is baie jammer tog!!

  • ztoefy - 2013-02-08 11:47

    Botha will knock him out in the 5th...I've seen some of SBW fights....amateur to say the least. Boxing is definitely a sport where Experiance and technique trumps power.

  • she.is.here.777 - 2013-02-08 12:17

    Boom one for the rugga boeties!

  • dirk.kruger.1485 - 2013-02-08 12:54

    Maybe just a platform for the Cooper-Williams fight later this year? Big money as New Zealand hate QC and would love to see SBW knock him out, and the Australians will be interested as he is their newest rugby league hero..fixed for sure!

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