Botha targets Sonny Bill bout

2012-02-19 19:48

Cape Town - South African heavyweight boxer, Francois 'White Buffalo' Botha, is targeting a fight with All Black rugby player and boxer Sonny Bill Williams.

According to the Rapport newspaper Botha is keen to teach Williams a lesson in the ring.

Botha's agent, Thinus Strydom from World Sport Promotions, confirmed they have been in contact with Williams's agent, Khoder Nasser, about a possible fight between the two.

Botha is so confident about beating Williams that he wouldn't mind doing it "somewhere during half-time of a rugby match" and with "one hand tied behind his back".

"Or even both (hands tied) because that chap is not in the same class as me," the former world heavyweight champion told Rapport in an exclusive interview.

The fight could take place in South Africa at the end of the year.

Williams has received some criticism of late for fighting below-par opponents. A few weeks ago he easily downed American Clarence Tillman in a first round knockout.

"He actually doesn't deserve to fight against me because he doesn't belong in the same ring as me.

"He might look good on the rugby field, but in the ring he is on his own, and there his 14 team-mates can't help him. Let's see what he does then."


  • Wesley - 2012-02-19 20:02

    haha Nice!

  • genisus - 2012-02-19 20:24

    I want ring side seats to this one!! GO BUFFALO!!! :-)

  • Etienne - 2012-02-19 20:27

    asof jy nie al genoeg gemoer is nie fransie

      Bootman - 2012-02-19 22:20

      @Etienne Pasop, ek d@nner sommer vir jou. Sommer nou

      Riaan - 2012-02-20 16:46

      Hey Boetman ou piesang jy kan nie eers suiker oor jou pap donner nie

      Bullsrfairies - 2012-02-21 01:04

      @Riaan Kan ek jou wys

      Riaan - 2012-02-21 07:51

      Heheheheeh goeie een asb nou vra jy my wat n wanker

      Riaan - 2012-02-21 07:53

      Ou Boobsman jy kyk te veel van damme flieks, ma hou aan droom

  • pieter.dewet - 2012-02-19 20:42

    Sis, Ettienne, where's your national pride? Been a fan of Botha's for a long time, and his trackrecord reads like a whose who of heavyweights in our time. He's gonna have SBW for breakfast! Go Frans!

  • Comrade - 2012-02-19 21:18

    WICKED! but it will never happen...Sonny Bill is a protected species. He only fights no-bodies. He's a publicity stunt.

  • Eugene - 2012-02-19 21:32

    White Buffalo was knocked out by Mike Tyson in the first round shortly before Mikes retirement!

      MikeBrassellSA - 2012-02-19 22:02

      Rubbish. It was the 5th round.

      Bootman - 2012-02-19 22:22

      @Eugene It was the 5th idiot, and quite an achievement to have fought Tyson. Who has SBW fought??? 2 Ballerinas and a drug adict. I'd like to put one against your ear!

      Bootman - 2012-02-19 22:22


  • Bootman - 2012-02-19 22:20

    HA HA HA HA No contest, Wit Buffel will KILL him in under 3 rounds. Bakkies will bully the little idiot man

  • Ulrich Davis - 2012-02-19 22:38

    To all the HATERS out there, SBW will kick all your asses!!! Hahahaha!!! And for White Buffalo, I think you are still dreamland after Iron Mike Tyson put his ass on the canvas!!! Oh by the way all your wife's & girlfriends LOVE them some Sonny Bill Williams!!! #ALL BLACKS FOREVER!!!

      Bootman - 2012-02-19 22:51

      @Ulrich Davis Got some attention?

      Dakey - 2012-02-19 23:27

      It's 'arse on the canvas'. Ass = donkey, the white buffalo (to my knowledge) does not own a donkey and even if he did, why would Iron Mike put it on the canvas?

      Bielie - 2012-02-20 01:02

      Wow, Ulrich, you're not the sharpest tack in the box, are you? In fact, one could probably say that you're as sharp as a wet blanket. Maybe you shouldn't hang around on a South African website. You're liable to get hurt ...

      Bootman - 2012-02-20 01:02

      @Dakey Ulrich is clearly not a neurosurgeon

      Kevin - 2012-02-20 07:14

      ALL BLACKS -HOLDERS OF THE 2011 BRYCE ELLIS TROPHY. Does not say much for them.

  • Patrick - 2012-02-20 02:25

    "He actually doesn't deserve to fight against me because he doesn't belong in the same ring as me" OK, if he doesnt deserve to fight u, then why dont u go bark up wladimir klitschko's tree?? why try and fight a "nobody"??? why not go and take on a world champion then???

      hvanderlinde - 2012-02-20 08:07

      I'm sorry patrick, correct me if I'm wrong but I'm sure the article mentioned that Botha is a former World Heavy Weight Champion. So he is indeed capable of barking with the big dogs, so to speak. I think he's just keen to exploit SBW's boxing career for what it is... a joke

  • Emile - 2012-02-20 04:41

    Oh Please save me from having to watch this. One clown fighting another clown. World boxing has also become little more than a WWF circus. Botha is even worse than the previous idiot. What an opportunist. Just wants to cash in on the fame of SBW.

  • Koos - 2012-02-20 05:27

    As far as I'm concerned Botha is not a 'Has been' in fact he has NEVER BEEN. SBW should rather concentrate on what he does best,which definitely is not boxing. Perhaps have a new tattoo reflecting Mike biting Holyfield.

  • Eduard - 2012-02-20 06:22

    what a motor mouth this Botha is....

  • Julian John Brown - 2012-02-20 06:45

    Just give SBW a fight against one of the Klitchkos so he'll stop thinking he's a boxer.

  • Nicolaas - 2012-02-20 07:57

    shame, soek jy nou pension geld??? onthou jy hoe jy deur die toue gemoer was in die eerste ronde, nadat jy ook gese het, jou opponent is nie goed genoeg vir jou nie? wel, Sony is 1000% meer beter as jy en ek kan nie wag om te sien hoe moer daai All Black jou floubok in jou donner nie. nog n wen vir die ALL BLACKS!!!!!!!!!!!! Jy is easy meat vir Sony, hy hoef jou nie eens te moer nie, hy kyk jou sommer uit in 1 of nee!!!!! halwe sekonde!!!!!!!

      hvanderlinde - 2012-02-20 08:08

      Wie de moer is Sony?

      Hans - 2012-02-20 08:22

      Sony is die maak vannie TV wat ou Niklaas geliberate het nadat dit van die lorrie afgeval het net daar voor sy huis. Snaaks genoeg was die enigste skade aan die TV die electric plug wat morsaf gesny was tydens die val skoot.

  • hilton.bannister - 2012-02-20 07:57

    White Buffalo 58 matches 48 wins 29 by knockout 6 losses 3 draw 1nc = no contest

  • Theprodigy - 2012-02-20 08:05

    typical NZ protectionism, SBW "pretty boy" should rather do wrestling

  • Dale - 2012-02-20 09:08

    nice.....will be interesting...

  • Grant - 2012-02-20 09:20

    Seriously the Heavy Weight Division is in absolute crisis! Is this the best we can do? A semi retired, chubby boxer (and I actually like the Buffalo) challenging a part time rugby player/boxer tattoo dude?? On the other side of the pond we have a lamo attempt to scare up interest and drama with 2 nobodys acting like common yobs at a press conference whereby 1 of them was handed a lesson, and the other wasn't even fighting - having already received a Klitschko lesson! Just wait for the announcement of the grudge match between Chisora and Hayes - what a joke!! Bring back Iron Mike, at least he could box!!

  • andre.badenhorst - 2012-02-20 11:25

    This is a stunt from Francois to get some money.......Sonny Bill does not have the experience Francois has so it won't be an even contest.

  • Jimmy - 2012-02-20 11:37

    This fat punch drunk palooka couldn't fight himself out of wet toilet paper !!! That being said, don't rate money-bags much more, but he can certainly play rugby !!!

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