By Mark Vester
Former heavyweight champion Francois “White Buffalo” Botha is furious at Danny Williams over his knockout loss last weekend in England. Williams was set to face Botha for the vacant WBF heavyweight title in the main event of a major show that was scheduled to take place in Egypt on November 30.
Williams decided to take a tuneup bout before facing Botha, and was knocked out by Polish heavyweight Albert Sosnowski. Botha and WBF Africa president Howard Goldberg warned Williams about taking the fight, but Williams still went forward. Because of the knockout loss, the Egypt show has been canceled.
"I called him and reminded him of the consequences his fight would have on the November 30 tournament but he was so confident of winning he even told me he would whip Sosnowski within five rounds,” Goldberg told South Africa's Daily Dispatch. “I was worried with a lot of things such as him suffering an injury like a cut or something but Williams was so confident of emerging unscathed from the bout I even began to relax."
Botha could not contain his anger when speaking with the paper, he said all of the hard training and planning and a decent payday - has gone down the drain due to Williams not listening to anyone.
“This was going to be one the biggest tournaments to be involved in as it was to be the first in Egypt,” Botha said. “To say I am upset would be an understatement.”
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