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Fri Apr 25 04:33:00 SAST 2014

Botha tests positive for drugs after losing to Sonny Bill

Reuters and Sapa-AP | 10 February, 2013 10:321 Comments
FILE: Former Heavyweight World Champion Francois Botha Tests Positive To A Banned Substance
Francois Botha punches Sonny Bill Williams during their heavyweight bout at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on February 8, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. Former heavyweight world champion Botha has tested positive to the banned substances of Phentermine and Benzodiazepine
Image by: Chris Hyde / Getty Images

Former All Black Sonny Bill Williams’s opponent Francois Botha failed a dope test before their heavyweight bout, local media reported on Sunday, adding further doubts to the credibility of the controversial fight.

Botha was beaten on points by Williams on Friday.

The reports said the banned substance was found in a urine sample taken on Tuesday from the 44-year-old South African, who has fought Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Michael Moorer and Lennox Lewis during a 20-year-professional career.

The test also found traces of Benzodiazepine, a valium-like product, in Botha’s system. Results will be sent to the Panama headquarters of the WBA, which sanctioned Friday’s bout.

Williams (6-0) took his unbeaten record to six wins in farcical circumstances when he was awarded the victory over the 44-year-old South African in a bout reduced to 10 rounds from the original 12 at the last minute.

Doubts also surfaced over the fight’s status as a purported World Boxing Association (WBA) international heavyweight title bout after local media reported that no officials from the organisation were present.

An incensed Botha, who was well on top in the closing rounds, described the late change of bout length as “match-fixing” and demanded a rematch with Williams, who later said he was more than willing to fight the South African again.

“After, God willing, having a good footy (rugby league) season I’ll gladly rematch Mr Botha. Even in South Africa,” he said on his Twitter feed.

“Also very humbled by the congratulatory phone call from the WBA on the fight and the win.. To all my supporters nothing but love!!”

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Look I'm no praise singer for the dancing donut , never been Fransie Botha .

It is also fairly clear that from the 5th , Fransie got more into the fight although in truth Sonny Bill would have been ahead on points despite dropping the 9th and 10 rounds .

Fact is though Sonny Bill was shaken in the 9th and out on his feet at the end of the 10th . Had the fight gone to the 11th , just as Sunday Mba has just opened the scoring for Nigeria right now , the All Black would have been left in a smouldering burnt out heap , by the dancing donut .

This diversion about the blood test is actually a smoke screen for the illegal early end to the fight .