By Ron Jackson
Former IBF heavyweight champion Francois Botha is scheduled to defend his World Boxing Foundation heavyweight title against Timo Hoffmann from Germany on May 10 in Germany at a venue still to be announced. The 40-year-old Botha 47-4-2; 28 won the WBF belt when he outpointed Ron Guerrero in Potchefstroom on February 6 this year. Hoffmann 38-6-1; 22 has been a pro since October 1993 and has only lost one fight inside the distance and that was in December 2007 when the unbeaten Alexander Dimitrenko scored a twelfth round technical knockout win. The other losses on his record have all been on points against quality heavyweights like Vitali Klitschko, Michael Sprott, Henry Akinwande, Paolo Vidoz and Timor Ibragimov. Botha appeared to be overweight and out of condition when he won the WBF beat against Guerrero, so he will have to lift his game to stand a chance against the taller and younger 34-year-old Hoffmann.
Meanwhile it has been announced that Macbute Sinyabi 10-1; 10 will make the first defence of his South African junior featherweight title against Desmond Samuels from Cape Town at the Unisa Conference Centre in Ormonde near Johannesburg on Saturday April 25.