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Holyfield to fight Botha for WBF title in Uganda

Holyfield to fight Botha for WBF title in Uganda

Evander Holyfield will challenge Francois Botha for the lightly regarded WBF world heavyweight title in Uganda on Jan. 16.
Organizers for the fight at Kampala's Nambole Stadium said Thursday that both boxers had signed contracts and predicted a crowd of 80,000 fans.
"I am very much looking forward to going to Uganda and I expect a tough fight against Francois Botha," said Holyfield (47-10 with 2 draws), who has not fought since losing a points decision to Nikolai Valuev in a WBA title fight in December 2008.
"I am going to win and I will cherish the WBF world title."
The 47-year-old American, a former world cruiserweight and heavyweight champion, believes a victory could give him a shot at a more prestigious title.
The same applies to Botha (47-4 with 3 draws). But the South African has lost to Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Michael Moorer and retained his WBF title by drawing with Pedro Carrion of Cuba in Germany in October.
"I have always been my own harshest critic. My performance against Carrion, without making any excuses, was arguably the worst of my career," Botha said.
"Expect the fittest, toughest and best ever _ and extremely serious _ Francois Botha in Uganda in January. I owe my fans and members of Team Botha the performance of my life. I intend to make good on that."


Updated : 2021-03-02 16:25 GMT+08:00