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Botha claims offered $155,000 to throw Williams bout

Veteran South African boxer Francois Botha Wednesday claimed he was offered Aus$150,000 (US$155,000) to throw his fight against Sonny Bill Williams, sparking an angry denial from the New Zealander’s manager.

Williams, a former World Cup-winning All Blacks rugby star, won the controversial heavyweight bout on points in Brisbane last Friday, which was marred by unsubstantiated reports that Botha failed a drugs test.

Botha, 44, alleges Williams’ manager Khoder Nasser offered him the money in a Brisbane park three days before the World Boxing Association fight, claiming he received a phone call asking to pick him up alone. “I wasn’t told where I was going. As we stopped at a park, my cellphone was confiscated and was given to a guy in the car,” Botha told New Zealand’s Radio LiveSport from Durban.

“Then I was being walked (by Nasser), and during this walk, I was offered Aus$150,000 to throw the fight. “I just said ‘no, I can’t do it’.” There is no suggestion that Williams was aware of the alleged offer. Nasser slammed Botha as a bad loser after a fight that ended in 10 rounds, despite earlier promotions saying it was a 12-round contest.

“I think he (Botha) is still in a daze,” Nasser told Fairfax Media of a man who has fought Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, Wladimir Klitschko and Evander Holyfield in a 23-year career. “This is the same bloke who said he didn’t know about the fight being 10 rounds, and then his promoter and he himself came out later and said it was 10 rounds.

AFP

 

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