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Botha and Guerrero collide!

By Ron Jackson

Former IBF heavyweight champion Francois Botha continues with his stop-start career when meets Ron Guerrero from the US for the vacant World Boxing Foundation heavyweight belt on Friday night. The bout which takes place at the Tlokwe Banquet Hall in Potchefstroom will be a battle of veterans with the 40-year-old Botha 46-4-2; 28 against the 34-year-old Guerrero 20-15-3;14 who at best can be described as a journeyman fighter.

Botha won the IBF belt in December 1995 after outpointing Axel Schulz, but in April 1996 a US District court in New Jersey stripped him of his belt when he failed a post fight drug test after the Schulz fight. The result of the fight then changed to a no contest.

In July 2007 Botha outpointed Bob Mirovic of Australia for the WBF interim heavyweight title which was his first fight in five years.

Guerrero who is of Mexican descent was born in Corpus Christi, Texas and made his pro debut in June 1998 with a first round stoppage win over Carlos Cantu.

He has been in with some quality fighters like Jameel McCline, Sherman Williams, Attila Levin, Jeremy Williams, Tony Thompson, Chazz Witherspoon and former WBO heavyweight champion Serguei Lyakhovich, but never come out as a winner.

In his only fight in 2008 he stopped Roderick Willis in two rounds.

Botha has fought at a much higher level than Guerrero and possibly should have enough skills to outpoint the rugged Guerrero who has lost only six bouts inside the distance.

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