Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Michael Grant Not Intimidated By Botha's Home Advantage

South Africa's 43-year-old Francois “White Buffalo” Botha looks like a certain underdog in the heavyweight fight at Montecasino on Saturday night. On the scales, age-wise, in reach and in height, his opponent, Michael Grant of the United States, has a considerable advantage. While revealing he was a spiritual soulmate of Botha, sharing religious beliefs, the affinity would be banished from his mind when he seeks to gain the fringe WBF championship title.

It was declared vacant a couple of months ago when holder Evander “The Real Deal” Holyfield decided to fight for the more prestigious WBA title and capture a sixth such belt before the age of 50. The WBF, lightly considered among the multi-alphabet of boxing associations round the globe, was on the verge of extinction. It was revived under the presidency of Cape Town-based Howard Goldberg – and currently boast no more than four champions among the 17 weight divisions. Botha recently stunned the boxing world when he dented the career of up-and-coming hope Flo Simba, who is half his age, with a crushing knock-out

Malcolm Klassen in the junior lightweight division, Lbubalo Msutu in a bantamweight title fight, and Ali Funeka and Zolani Murali as junior welterweight contenders are other South Africans who will appear on the undercard.

Heading the bill labelled “Urban War” is the heavyweight clash between the two veteran contenders who are seeking an Indian Summer ending to their varied careers.

The 39-year-old Grant at this time is rated 24th heavyweight in the world or thereabouts in the most respected rankings. Botha will come into the ring as a modest 55th – raising some eyebrows to the authenticity of the high-profiled nature of the contest.

But Grant says his record with five wins in his last five fights is proof that he is a genuine title contender – held back only from a higher ranking by the sleazy side of politics that is prevalent in boxing.

“I'm offered paltry purses to fight King Kongs who are controlled by certain unscrupulous promoters,” he said. “Then I'm punished for not accepting their offers.”

Grant says he sees himself more as a boxer than a fighter, but he never goes into the ring pre-planning whether to go the distance or seek a knockout.

“You have to weigh up your tactics from the opening bell, then fight accordingly,” he says. “Most pundits might feel I would end up a winner on points if the fight against Botha goes the distance and I can steer clear of his well-known punching power. But if I get the opportunity, I'll be hunting for a knockout as well.”

Botha has never avoided boxers of the highest repute, even though bouts against the likes of Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson and Holyfield ended with defeats within the distance. Grant suffered an early defeat against Lewis at a similar time as Botha went down to the renowned British champion.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Lawrence Okolie To Box On Burns vs. Indongo In Glasgow Anthony Crolla Not Ruling Out Move To Junior Welterweight Rob Brant To Take Stay Busy Fight, Then Murata-N'dam Winner Photos: Jorge Linares Dominates Anthony Crolla - MEGA Gallery Porter Hopes Pacquiao Retires, Says Khan Has Skills To Beat Anyone Jacobs' Manager: GGG's Side Will Make Excuses to Avoid Rematch Frank Warren: Shrewd Liam Smith With Under The Radar Fight Photos: Tyron Zeuge With Bad Cut, Gets Technical Decision Win Crolla Admits Gallagher Nearly Pulled Him Out Before Twelfth Charlo vs. Heiland WBC Eliminator For Mandatory Golovkin Shot Saunders Smiles: Let Everyone Doubt Me, I Can Beat Golovkin! Jhonny Gonzalez Crushes Francisco Contreras in Three Rounds Emmanuel Rodriguez Destroys Robinson Lavinanza in One Daud Yordan's Promoter Hopes To Get Him Title Shot Next Linares: I Want Mikey Garcia, Lomachenko - I Can Beat Both! Mike Tyson on Mind Games, Breaking an Opponent's Spirit Nico Hernandez Makes His Pro Debut in Style Jorge Paez Jr. Blasts Out Daniel Sandoval in Furious Fashion Abduqaxorov Blitzes Manyuchi, Captures WBC Silver at 147 Saunders To Golovkin: Do You Want To Fight? Put Up or Shut Up! Juho Haapoja decisions Leonardo Bruzzese to win EU title Mikey Garcia Wants Summer Unification Fight Against Linares Tyron Zeuge Suffers Bad Cut, Gets Technical Decision Over Ekpo Lawrence Okolie Blows Out Debut Opponent In 20 Seconds Jorge Linares Drops, Dominates Anthony Crolla To Repeat Jack Arnfield Beats Brian Rose In Battle Of Blackpool Linares vs. Crolla Rematch - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Katie Taylor Beats Koleva, Welborn Shocks Marcus Morrison Kovalev's Trainer Has Doubts That Ward Wants The Rematch Martin Ward Defeats Maxi Hughes, Retains British, WBC Regional Crolla: I Need To Drag Linares Into a Fight, Rough Him Up Hunter: I Told Amir Khan That Fighting Canelo Was Stupid, Crazy Investigation is Under Way After 17-Year-old Amateur Dies Jorge Linares 'Feels at Home' Fighting Crolla in The UK Crolla: I'll Prove A Lot of People Wrong in Linares Rematch Jorge Linares' Trainer Details Preparation For Crolla Rematch Jorge Linares-Anthony Crolla II: Pre-Fight Report Card Chavez: After I Win, If No Canelo Rematch Then I'll Face Golovkin Jacobs' Manager Questions Scoring of Golovkin-Jacobs Fight! David Haye Called In By BBBofC, Must Explain Bellew Threats
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement