Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Botha Outweighs Flo Simba by 47-Pounds at Weigh-In

By Mesuli Zifo

IF a fight outcome was determined by statistics such as weight, age and the number of bouts former world heavyweight champion Francois Botha would be declared a winner long before steps into the ring for his non- title clash against upstart Flo Simba at Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg, SA Saturday.

At the final weigh-in ceremony at the fight venue Botha outweighed Simba by more than 20 kg when he scaled 119, 30 kg [263-pounds] to Simba’s 98 kg [216-pounds].

The 42-year-old Botha who is Simba’s senior by 21 years, declared himself ready to rumble while the youngster adopted a calm approach while oozing confidence ahead of the biggest fight of his short professional career.

Simba (10-0, 9 KOs) has fought only 15 fights at both the amateur and professional ranks and that pales in significance when compared to Botha who has shared the ring 56 times with just five losses in the paid ranks.

There was no drama at the weigh-in ceremony as all the fighters showed respect for each other obviously focusing on the job at hand for Saturday.

Even sworn enemies Bongani Mwelase and Chris Van Heerden who traded verbal jabs at Tuesday’s pre medical and nearly came to blows, just got on with their weigh-in responsibilities without any fuss while avoiding each other.

The duo easily made the weight for their IBO welterweight title eliminator with Mwelase who is renowned for paying little regard to weight responsibilities as he sometimes comes to his fights a middleweight, tipping the scales at 66 kg while Van Heerden was also within the limit albeit being 20 grams heavier than Mwelase.

Mwelase-Van Heerden bout is expected to steal the show as the boxers are evenly matched besides their genuinely hatred for each other.

Both are southpaws, with each spotting a single loss in 15 and 17 bouts respectively while Mwelase edges his foe in the knockout ratio by just two as he has floored 12 opponents compared to Van Heerden’s 10.

In other bouts Thomas Oosthuizen weighed 75, 70kg for his IBO super middleweight title defence against old warhorse William Gare who registered 75, 50 kg.

Interestingly the Oosthuizen-Gare clash will be handled by Polish referee Peter Podgorski who was the third man in the ring in the IBF super middleweight title defence by Canadian Lucien Bute against Irish fighter Brian Magee in Canada in March.

Promoter Rodney Berman, who will stage Saturday’s show under his Golden Gloves Promotion (GGP) banner, described the appointment of Podgorski as a perfect coincidence as he will be better placed to give an opinion on how Oosthuizen could fair up against Bute as the GGP boss is looking to unleash the unbeaten 23-year-old southpaw into the international boxing scene.

“We looking to launch Oosthuizen’s career internationally so every bit of help is welcome,” Berman said.

In other bouts Thabiso Mchunu (94,50kg) collides with Dannie Venter (107, 30 kg) in a catchweight bout and Johnny Muller (77, 95 kg) defends his South African light heavyweight title against Tshepang Mohale.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by UglyPug on 06-04-2011

[QUOTE=fordhamboxing;10641474]WAR SIMBA!!! [/QUOTE] haha classic. love this movie. disney movies and random breaking out in song

Comment by fordhamboxing on 06-03-2011

WAR SIMBA!!!

Comment by UglyPug on 06-03-2011

thought holyfield retired him?

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (3)
Top Headlines Team Andrade: Lara Turned Us Down Twice; Never Talked Money Koncz: Brisbane Crown Will Be Cheering For Pacquiao, Not Horn Joseph Parker's Handlers View Razvan Cojanu as Dangerous Fight Kevin Johnson Vows To Break Down Kubrat Pulev, Make Him Quit Catterall Feels Walsh is Capable of Shocking Gervonta Davis Photos: Pacquiao, Horn - Go Face To Face in Melbourne Photo: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Already Down To 169.5-Pounds Video: Hearn on Joshua-Wilder, British Scene, Brook-Spence, Fury Horn: I Can Stop Pinching Myself - The Pacquiao Fight is Real! Vitali Klitschko: I'm More Than Sure My Brother Knocks Joshua Out! Video: Johnny Nelson Talks Joshua vs. Klitschko Anthony Joshua - Is He Really Ready For This? Video: Loeffler Discusses Golovkin's Future Path, Joshua-Klitschko Chavez Jr. Down To 169.5-Pounds With 10 Days To Canelo Fight! Video: Malignaggi Breaks Down Klitschko-Joshua, Canelo-Chavez Loeffler: Golovkin Will Wait, Focus on Canelo-Chavez Winner Video: Errol Spence Discusses Kell Brook Showdown, Training Video: Tony Bellew on The Future, Possible Opponents, More Video: Vitali Klitschko Talks Wladimir vs. Anthony Joshua Bout Joshua's Coach: Our Job To Prove Klitschko is No Longer Dominant Porter-Berto Bout Drew Average of 468,000 Viewers on Showtime Giovani Santillan Will Face Juan Garcia Mendez on May 19, Ontario Roach: Golovkin Exposed a Bit in Last Fight, Cotto Can Beat Him Joshua Can Be a Nasty Motherf***er in The Ring, Says Mentor Photos: Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko Open Workouts Emmanuel Folly, Unbeaten Prospect, Arrested on Child Porn Charges Joshua: Klitschko's Chin Can't Be Bad; He Reigned for 10 Years Heather Hardy, Charles Conwell Return on May 18, Broadway Boxing Zolani Tete is Now Elevated To FULL WBO Bantamweight Champion Klitschko Brothers vs. British Fighters - A Review and Analysis Frank Bruno: Joshua Could Potentially KO Klitschko "Very Early" Helenius Pounds 'Chisora' Heavy Bag in Camp, Vows Repeat Win Arum: American Fans, Writers Are Warming Up To Pacquiao-Horn Saunders: Tyson Fury Training With Us, Getting in Good Shape Joshua Doesn’t Think He’ll Make More Money Than Mayweather Matthysse's Promoters Don't Know What to Expect in Comeback Bout Rozier: Khurtsidze Will Pressure, Beat Down Billy Joe Saunders! Wilder: Klitschko Needed to be Humbled; Losing Inspired Him Errol Spence Planning Early Arrival to England for Brook Bout Joseph Parker Discusses Hughie Fury's Withdrawal, Facing Cojanu
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement