By Ron Jackson
South African Fransie Botha makes the first defence of the lesser known WBF heavyweight belt against Timo Hoffmann of Germany at the Bordeland Halle in Magdeberg, Germany on Friday night. The 34-year-old Hoffmann 38-6-1; 22 who has been a pro since October 1993 has been in with some of the best heavyweights. Some of his best results were a draw against Luan Krasniqi and wins over Bob Mirovic, Tom Williamson, Corey Sanders and Michael Sprott. The losses on his record have come against top fighters like Vitali Kilitschko (UD 12), Henry Akinwande (SD 12), Paolo Vidiz (SD 12), Tibor Ibragimov (UD 10), Michael Sprott (first fight) and a twelfth round stoppage loss to the unbeaten Alexander Dimentrenko who is ranked in the top ten by all the major organisations. The 40-year-old Botha 47-4-2; 28 a former IBF champion won the vacant WBF belt in February last year in Potchefstroom when he outpointed Ron Guerrero from the US. Howard Goldberg the WBF representative for Africa reports that Botha has been training extremely hard for this fight and has shed a few kilos along the way and he expects him to extend Hoffmann. However, the taller and younger Hoffmann should have the edge in his home country and is expected to win over the long route. On the undercard in super middleweight contest Robert Stieglitz 34-2; 21 meets Jindrich Velecky 16-5; 15 over ten rounds.