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Botha retains heavyweight title

Posted on October 26 2009                                              Bookmark and Share



South Africa’s Francois Botha retained his World Boxing Federation world heavyweight title with a majority draw against Germany-based Cuban Pedro Carrion on a show promoted by Sport Event Steinforth on October 24 in Dessau, Germany. After twelve sluggish rounds, the judges scored the fight 114-114 (Tony Tiberi), 115-115 (Matteo Fratini) and 114-113 (Jean-Marcel Nartz).

Botha, who hurt his right hand early in the bout and found it difficult to deal with the massive height of Carrion, was not happy with his own performance, saying:

“I apologize to the fans for my performance. There are only two fights in my career that I am very unhappy about, and one of them is the Carrion fight. The other one is my loss to Lennox Lewis. As the fight progressed I couldn’t get my combinations off at all, as the pain in my hand was too bad. I am very unhappy with this fight, and next time “The White Buffalo” will show everybody that he is back and on the way to the top again”.  

Botha’s record now stands at 47-4-3 (28), and he is hoping to defend the WBF title again soon. X-Rays have shown that the hand-injury was not as bad as feared, just a hairline fracture, and that with the proper care he can be ready to fight again earlier than expected.  

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