Boxing Result

Holyfield stops Botha in 8th

Photo by Mary Ann Owen/BoxinginLasVegas.com

By Andreas Hale at ringside

47-year-old, four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield (43-10-2, 28 KOs) scored an eighth round TKO over 41-year-old Frans Botha (47-5-3, 28 KOs) on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Botha did well early but Holyfield came on in round six, hurt Botha in the seventh, knocked Botha down in the eighth and referee Russell Mora stopped it moments later. Time was :55. With the win Holyfield claims Botha’s WBF heavyweight belt.

“He is a very good defensive fighter,” Holyfield said after the fight. “He’s a smart fighter, too. His right hand had a lot of power and he’s also a very quick big man. I gave myself a 7. I can get better. I’d been off a long time and I know I can get better. I want to come back very soon.” Botha remarked, “Evander is a great fighter. He capitalized on my mistakes. I thought I had him going early. I have to go home and sit down with my team.”
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