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Friday, 21 February 2014 06:08

Francois Botha: 'White Buffalo' returns in March

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Francois Botha (48-10-3, 29 KOs) is the latest 1990s heavyweight to announce his return to the ring.
The 45 year old former multiple time title challenger faces Polish prospect Andrzej Wawrczyk (28-1, 14 KOs) in Arlamow, Poland on March 15.

Well over-the-hill, Botha, in his most recent outing, was stopped in two rounds last summer by an opponent with a modest 5-0 record.

One of South Africa's many gems once upon a time, Botha has dropped five in a row and 6 of his last 7.


Who is Andrzej Wawrzyk?

The 6'5"/ 195cm Krakow native is one of several Polish heavyweight prospects and should be a massive favorite against the more-than-faded Botha.

Earlier this month, he dispactched 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.

Let's hope Mr. Botha hangs 'em up for good after this one.


Francois Botha Facts & Stats
  • Debut: 1990
  • Career: 1990-2002; 2007; 2009-Present
  • Height: 6'2"

Strengths (circa 1994-2004)
  • Cagey/ Resourceful
  • Ring guile
  • Experience vs top opposition
  • Durability
Most significant wins and draws
  • Draw 10 Clifford Etienne - 2002
  • UD 10 David Bostice - 2001
  • TKO 1 Steve Pannell - 2000
  • Draw 12 Shannon Briggs - 1999
Most significant loses
  • KO 12 Michael Grant - 2011
  • TKO 8 Wladimir Klitschko - 2002
  • TKO 2 Lennox Lewis - 2000
  • KO 5 Mike Tyson - 1999
  • UD 12 Lee Gilbert - 1997 
  • TKO 12 Michael Moorer- 1996