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Frans Botha Outpoints Timo Hoffmann

By Per Ake Persson: May 15, Magdeburg, Germany: The White Buffalo, Francois Botha, retained the WBF heavyweight title with a split decision over twelve messy, mauling and exciting rounds of boxing on this SES show at the Boerdeland Hall in Magdeburg, Germany. The judges scored the fight 117-110 and 114-113 for Botha and 114-113 for Hoffmann.. After ten rounds Hoffmann was a champion on two cards but the so called German Oak fell in the eleventh and could well have been knocked out in the last round as he totally hung on to Botha and survived with a friendly referee in Dutchman Robert Verwijs giving him a lot of breaks.

Botha was in relatively good shape but is far from what he once was. Still, he knows a lot about boxing, how to pace himself, when to punch and when to rest while Hoffmann, well, offensively he´s always been straight on and was thus a sucker for Botha´s heavy overhand right. Also important was Botha´s straight right hands to the body of the big German. After six rounds it seemed as if the South African would win easily but Hoffmann, physically strong and durable, came on and put pressure on Botha. Then in the eleventh Botha connected with a big right, Hoffmann was hurt, tried to hold on but eventually went down. The bell rang as soon as the eight count was over with.

Hoffmann came out desperate in the final round and was soon in serious trouble again. What looked like a genuine knockdown was ruled a slip and Hoffmann continued to absorbe heavy right handers throughout the round, holding and wrestling to survive the last round and go the distance, but the fight was lost.

In the chief support supermiddle Robert Stieglitz won every round over Czech Jindrich Velecky in a non-title ten-rounder and should have stopped him but somehow allowed his opponent to survive and last the full distance.

Slovenian welter Jan Zaveck outscored Polish spoiler Arek Malek over six. Zaveck will next headline a show at home in Maribor June 19.

Local stars Oliver Güttel and Tommy Altmann, both welters, both looked lucky in their respective six-rounders. Güttel got a draw against Anthony Ukeh while Altmann won a split decision over Pietro D´Alessio.

Article posted on 16.05.2009



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