By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing
Photos: Dave Cameron
Heavyweight Frans Botha outweighed Joseph Parker by 30 pounds in advance of their eight round clash clash on Thursday night at the Trusts Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Botha weighed 256.8 while Parker scaled in at 226.8. The 44-year-old Botha (48-9-3, 29 KOs) will be fighting “Down Under” for the second time this year. In February, Botha lost to Sonny Bill Williams in a controversial fight in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The 21-year-old Parker (5-0, 4 KOs) trained for this fight in Las Vegas with Kevin Barry.
The undercard features a female light welterweight clash between Daniella Smith (12-3, 0 KOs) and late sub Arlene Blencowe (2-0, 1 KO) for the vacant WIBA and WBF belts.
The card will also include a controversial “dwarf boxing” bout between Matthew Wood and Colin Lane, and the pro debut of Botha’s son Marcel Botha.