By Ron Jackson
In what can only be considered as a poor excuse for a world heavyweight championship Francois Botha scored a unanimous 12 rounds points decision over Ron Guerrero to win the vacant World Boxing Federation belt at the Tlokwe Hall in Potchefstroom on Friday night. The South African veteran, a former IBF champion, won with scores of 118-114, 117-111 and 117-110.
It was a rather uninteresting and sloppy bout with more action coming from the referee Darryl Ribbink who had to instruct the “boxers” to break continuously throughout the fight. However, he possibly overdid this in not allowing the boxers to fight on the inside.
Coming in at rather heavy 121.85 kg to the Mexican-American’s 108.60kg, Botha,40, improved his record to 47-4-2, with 28 knockouts as the 34-year-old Guerrero saw his log drop to 20-16-3;14.
The referee deducted a point from Botha for hitting with both hands in the seventh round.
In a slow moving bout Botha and Guerrero both relied on throwing overhand rights and then falling into a clinch.
However, Guerrero showed some mobility and threw more punches but the experienced Botha was able to smother most of them.
In the eleventh round Botha stunned Guerrero with a big right to the head that left him reeling against the ropes, but was unable to follow up.
The judges were Ace Makuluza, Eddie Marshall and Rassie Ersamus all from South Africa.
On the undercard former Commonwealth bantamweight champion Tshihiwa Munyai (55.12kg) now fighting in the junior featherweight division was just too big and strong for Vuyolwethu Sirayi (55,24kg).
From the opening bell the taller Munyai 18-1-1; 9 dominated with his left jab against the southpaw Sirayi before a combination of blows to the head left his opponent on wobbly legs as the referee stepped in to call the fight off at 2 minute 12 seconds in to the first round of a scheduled six.