Botha wants SBW loss wiped from books

Last updated 15:21 14/02/2013

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South African heavyweight boxer Francois Botha wants the controversial loss to Sonny Bill Williams wiped from his record.

Botha continued to go on the offensive after arriving home following the unanimous points decision loss to Williams in Brisbane last Friday night.

Botha is still seething over the fight being reduced from 12 to 10 rounds and portrayed as a WBA international title fight.

Botha, a veteran of 61 fights since turning professional in 1990, said he had met with Stan Christodoulou, the WBA representative in South Africa, to discuss the situation.

"He (Christodoulou) said there could be no WBA title fight with only 10 rounds. So the fight is not legal, and I don't want the fight on my record anyway," the 44-year-old Botha told the South African Press Association.

As it stands, the loss was Botha's ninth and his fourth defeat in a row as his long career winds down.

There has been so much bad blood in the aftermath to the fight - allegations of match-fixing, doping and bribery have dogged the bout - that Botha believes the only way to sort things out between the two camps is for he and Williams to get back in the ring.

"If he wants to regain his honour and win back the favour of the people, he will have to get back in the ring with me," Botha said.

"There are already talks that the fight will be in December in South Africa and I am hoping for one in Durban."

Williams has said a rematch appeals to him and his controversial manager Khoder Nasser has also expressed interest in staging a second bout between the two.

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