Botha's promoter says SBW rematch is on

Mike Tyson looks down at a knocked out Francois Botha.
Mike Tyson looks down at a knocked out Francois Botha.
Lennox Lewis delivers another knockout punch to Francois Botha.
Lennox Lewis delivers another knockout punch to Francois Botha.
Michael Moorer (left) knocks out Francois Botha in the 11th round during their bout at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas in 1996.
Michael Moorer (left) knocks out Francois Botha in the 11th round during their bout at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas in 1996.
Botha is down for the count in the Heavyweight title fight last year against Michael Grant.
Botha is down for the count in the Heavyweight title fight last year against Michael Grant.
Mike Tyson gets the better of Botha.
Mike Tyson gets the better of Botha.
Evander Holyfield looks down on Francois Botha.
Evander Holyfield looks down on Francois Botha.

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.

Sonny Bill Williams lands a big shot on Francois Botha.
Sonny Bill Williams lands a big shot on Francois Botha.
A battered Sonny Bill Williams is lifted up after being announced winner.
A battered Sonny Bill Williams is lifted up after being announced winner.
Sonny Bill Williams with his entourage which includes Quade Cooper (second left) and Anthony Mundine (third left).
Sonny Bill Williams with his entourage which includes Quade Cooper (second left) and Anthony Mundine (third left).
Sonny Bill Williams (right) and Francois Botha embrace after the 10 rounds.
Sonny Bill Williams (right) and Francois Botha embrace after the 10 rounds.
Francois Botha (left) raises his arm anticipating victory, which went to Sonny Bill Williams by unanimous points decision.
Francois Botha (left) raises his arm anticipating victory, which went to Sonny Bill Williams by unanimous points decision.
Francois Botha (right) had Sonny Bill Williams on the ropes in the 10th round of their controversial fight.
Francois Botha (right) had Sonny Bill Williams on the ropes in the 10th round of their controversial fight.
Quade Cooper needed just one round to knockout opponent Barry Dunnett.
Quade Cooper needed just one round to knockout opponent Barry Dunnett.
Sonny Bill Williams' head rocks back after taking a punch from Francois Botha.
Sonny Bill Williams' head rocks back after taking a punch from Francois Botha.
Quade Cooper, in his boxing debut, lands a punch on Barry Dunnett.
Quade Cooper, in his boxing debut, lands a punch on Barry Dunnett.

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.

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

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.

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