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Botha, Takam, Mansour, Kuehne...

Posted on May 23 2012                                              Bookmark and Share
By: Clive Baum            



Former WBF World Heavyweight Champion Francois Botha has expressed a desire to join the World Boxing Federation in an executive position once his fighting career is over:

“I have a lot of contacts around the world, and lots of people in the business know me, so I believe I would be a real asset to the WBF once I am done in the ring. But I still have a few more fights left in me”, said the 48-7-3 (29) South African.

In his last outing Botha lost in a bid for the WBF International title to Carlos Takam in France.

Takam (25-1, 20 KOs), born in Cameroon but based in France throughout his entire professional career, recently received his WBF belt at a ceremony in hometown Noisy-le-Grand.

The 31-year-old, who represented his native country in the 2004 Athens Olympics, is currently awaiting confirmation on his next fight.

Another Heavyweight hoping to fight again soon is WBF Intercontinental champion Amir Mansour (16-0, 12 KOs ).

Mansour, who’s original name is Lavern Moorer, was sentenced to 14 months in prison last December after violating probation conditions, but is reportedly due for an early release in the near future, and will be looking to defend his WBF title as soon as possible.   

The 39-year-old from Wilmington, Delaware will not find it hard to make a comeback, as his last fight was on December 2 where he stopped Columbian Epifanio Mendoza to win the WBF title. If he is able to return this fall his absence from the ring will have been less than a year, or around ten times shorter than his previous break.

Mansour re-started his career in August 2010 after serving eight years in prison on a drug conviction, but quickly turned heads in the sport with some highlight reel knockouts and a reputation as one of the most exiting boxers in his division. It now remains to be seen if he can pick things up where he left them.  

Also facing a “Comeback”, WBF Women’s World Super Featherweight Champion Ramona Kuehne (19-1, 6 KOs) recently underwent surgery in Straubing, Germany for a torn ligament in her left knee suffered doing sports outside of boxing.

A planned title defense in July is now postponed indefinitely, but the operation went well and it is expected that Kuehne will recover without further problems:

“Dr. Heinz-Jürgen Eichhorn did a perfect job, and I must send a heartfelt thank you to him and the team at the clinic. I now hope that I can get back to training in a few weeks”, said the 32-year-old from Berlin.

Kuehne won the WBF World title in June 2010, and has since made three successful defenses. She last fought in January where she stopped Hungarian challenger Renata Domsodi in eight rounds.

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