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Andrzej Wawrzyk vs Frans Botha: Faded 'White Buffalo' KO'd, again (w/ video)

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Francois Botha (48-11-3, 29 KOs), one of the few top tier heavyweights from the 1990s still competing, was stopped inside the distance by Polish prospect Andrzej Wawrzyk (29-1, 16 KOs) last night at Hotel Arlamow in Arlamow, Poland. Weighing 257½ lbs, the 45 year old former multiple time title challenger looked more like Santa Claus than a professional heavyweight.

Over-the-hill, this once-proud South African legend has now dropped six in a row and 7 of his last 8.

His attacks were well-timed but he proved too slow to offer any real threat to Wawrzyk last right.

Glorified sparring session or not, Frans was able to land a few shots and employ some of the same tactics he used to good effect in his late 20s and early 30s.

The South African appeared to win the first two rounds solely with his aggression and activity rate while Wawrzyk was content to sit on the outside and peck while feeling out his more experienced foe.

In Rounds 3 and 4, Wawrzyk got more offensive, started landed power counters and began to dictate the pace.

The finish came in Round 5.

Wawrzyk landed a quick,  well-timed overhand counter-right that put the South African on the seat of his pants.

Botha arose only for the referee to stop the fight moments later with the South African pinned on the ropes absorbing heavy shots.

The South African's corner had thrown in the towel just as the referee was stepping in.

Let's hope Botha, who will turn 46 in September, will finally hang 'em up. He's had a fine career and is undoubtedly one of the greatest athletes in South African history.

Andrzej Wawrzyk
The 6'5"/ 195cm Krakow native is one of several Polish heavyweight prospects. Last month, he dispatched Danny Williams, another shot fighter, in one round.

The 26 year old Wawrzyk's only loss, a third round TKO, came at the hands of Russian Alexander Povetkin in May 2013.

How good is Andrzej Wawrzyk?

Based on the Povetkin fight, he’s not a top ten heavyweight. Perhaps not even top 20. He'll need to step in the ring with better opposition before another true assessment can be made.

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Video: Fast forward to 19:00 for Round 5 action
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