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Takam vs. Botha For WBF International Crown

Posted on March 31 2012                                              Bookmark and Share
By: Clive Baum            



Former two-time Heavyweight Champion of the World Francois “White Buffalo” Botha, 48-6-3 (29), will return to action Saturday March 31 in Noisy-le-Grand, France, taking on hometown-hero Carlos Takam, 24-1 (19), for the vacant World Boxing Federation International title.

South African Botha lost his WBF World title to Evander Holyfield in 2010, but returned with a big victory last year when he stopped undefeated countryman Flo Simba.

Last November he was ahead on all scorecards when American Michael Grant landed a big punch to finish things in the final round of their fight for the world title vacated by Holyfield, but Botha had showed up to that point that he still has plenty of skills and desire left at age 43.

A victory over Takam could pave the way for a rematch with Grant, but Botha has not by any means chosen a safe road back by agreeing to clash with the Cameroon-born banger in France. Twelve years younger, and with the crowd more or less exclusively cheering him on, Takam will see this as his first big opportunity to create a name for himself.

At the same time, Botha will without a doubt be his best opponent to date, and a victory would certainly bring his career to new heights. Sharing a ring with the likes of Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Mike Tyson, whom he was outboxing for five rounds before getting caught, gives Botha massive experience which makes him fearless of going to a heavy-handed opponent’s backyard for a fight.

Takam hit the scene with a splash in 2005 when he defeated a 6-0 opponent in his pro debut, and won his next seventeen bouts before suffering his first, and so far only, setback against another undefeated foe in Gregory Tony. He has since scored some good wins over decent opponents such as Roman Kracik, Levan Jomardashvili and Gbenga Oloukun, but none of those fighters really compare to Botha.

The Carlos Takam vs. Francois Botha WBF International Heavyweight title fight is a real crossroads encounter between a veteran former champion looking to get back on track, and a younger talented contender who is hungry to make a mark. This fact is interesting in itself, and the aggressive fighting-styles of both men only adds to the equation.

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