Botha's promoter says SBW rematch is on

Last updated 15:15 18/02/2013
Sonny Bill Williams and Francois Botha
Getty Images

ROUND TWO: A rematch between Francois Botha (right) and Sonny Bill Williams could happen in South Africa in December.

Sonny Bill Williams and Francois Botha
Getty Images Zoom
Sonny Bill Williams lands a big shot on Francois Botha.

Related Links

Sonny Bill Williams vs Francois Botha The many knockouts of Francois Botha

Relevant offers

Other Sports

'Holy, he's a monster': Kiwi fishing show host hauls in women's world record swordfish Bike polo a growing phenomenon as Auckland scene gets wheels turning Kiwi Mark Hunt confirmed to headline Auckland UFC Fight Night against Derrick Lewis Quiz: Test your sports knowledge - March 24 Black Sticks better, but draw hands Pakistan series Athletics NZ chief executive Linda Hamersley announces resignation Trans-Tasman ice hockey series added to Winter Games Late America's Cup protocol change hits Team New Zealand NFL outlines plans for less commercial breaks and bunker-type replay system to speed up game Peter Fury appears certain to appeal entry refusal to New Zealand for Joseph Parker world title fight

Sonny Bill Williams and Francois Botha look set for a rematch in South Africa in December though there will be strict drug testing around the second edition of their heavyweight boxing battle.

Former All Black Williams beat the veteran South African Botha on points in their WBA international heavyweight fight in Brisbane on February 8.

The aftermath was full of controversy, including allegations of match fixing and bribery against the Williams camp, and a supposed positive drugs test by Botha. All of those issues have been disputed. There were also suggestions the belt won by Williams in just his fifth fight, wasn't sanctioned.

Both camps believed a rematch would help settle their differences and that now looks a distinct possibility.

Botha's boxing promoter, Thinus Strydom told Afrikaans newspaper Rapport, that he and Williams' manager Khoder Nasser had agreed to a rematch.

"They do however have a few pre-conditions, like sending samples three months prior to the fight as well as directly after the fight for dope tests. We don't have an issue with that," Strydom told the newspaper.

He added that the final contract for the rematch couldn't be signed until a suitable date had been found for TV broadcasters. Their last fight was a SKY TV pay-per-view affair for New Zealand audiences.

A South African venue has yet to be confirmed. Botha has a liking for Durban and Williams is keen on Cape Town, given the strong support he has built up there from his rugby-playing days.

The December time-frame will suit Williams' next footballing venture in the NRL. His return to the rugby league ranks is set to go up a gear this week with game time in the Rooster's final trial match against Benji Marshall's Tigers in Sydney on Saturday night.

Ad Feedback

- Stuff

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content