SBW v White Buffalo live in SA

Cape Town - The one is a former world heavyweight boxing champion. The other is a heavyweight rugby champion.

On Friday, Francois Botha and Sonny Bill Williams collide in Brisbane in one of the most intriguing fights of 2013 - to be broadcast live on SuperSport 5 on Friday from 10:00.

Quade Cooper, the enfant terrible of Australian rugby, will make his pro debut on the undercard.

Botha has had 60 fights and Williams just five, but the New Zealander is younger, stronger and fitter. However, anyone who dismisses the 44-year-old “White Buffalo” could be making a big mistake.

Botha brings tons of experience, having fought the who’s who of the division, and still knows how to look after himself in the ring.

“When I catch him he’s going to go,” predicted Botha, who sleeps with a pet chihuahua named Peanuts.

“I’ll drag him into deep water and let him drown. He’s never fought a guy like me, it’s stupid. Sonny should have fought my son, my son would kick his butt and he’s not even a professional.”

Williams, who has vowed to retire if he loses, is unbeaten, but hasn’t fought anyone vaguely world class.

“I can see myself doing boxing full-time in the future, but for that to come to fruition I need to fight guys like this and beat them, otherwise it’s a waste of time,” said the celebrated rugby star.

“Some boxers go their whole lives building a record until people want to watch them. I’ve had to jump really quickly. This fight will be defining. It will tell me if I can keep going.”

The key for Williams will be to box behind his jab, using speed and movement to keep Botha at bay. Botha loves nothing more than a tear-up and will want to engage at close quarters, catching Williams on the break.

Local trainer Colin Nathan, who has worked with Botha, has the final word.

“Sonny Bill looks like a Hollywood movie star. The trouble is he fights like one too.”

HAVE YOUR SAY: Who will you be shouting for on Friday? Early knockout for Botha? Williams on points? How do you see the fight panning out? Send your thoughts to Sport24.
- Sport24
Marnus Norval 2013-02-05 08:26:44 AM
Botha is oor die muur
Sc1pio 2013-02-05 08:31:09 AM
Haven't watched Boxing in ages, but this might be interesting in a rather comical sense. Hope Francois beats the living daylights out of SBW
Heresmy Finger 2013-02-05 08:33:12 AM
Lol, I cant wait to watch this one! Too bad its not Pocock in the ring, but SBW will do just fine. If rugby hasn't made him dumb enough already, this fight certainly will!
Squeegee Pilot 2013-02-05 08:36:52 AM
What are the chances that this fight is NOT fixed by some Asian syndicate?
Brian Du Reuck 2013-02-05 09:00:21 AM
08-Feb-2013 12:00 Sonny Bill Williams vs Frans Botha 13/20 25/1 11/10 Sonny Bill favourite???? wtf!!! easy money on Botha ..... botha after you've killed SBW, come to Cpt and kill all the Newlands All Black Hooligans!
Rian Van Jaarsveld 2013-02-05 09:14:45 AM
SBW fighting an old man? I cant wait to see oom Botha bliksem this laaitie!
Lip Skud 2013-02-05 09:16:29 AM
Nobody gave Rachman (sp) a chance when he fought Lewis here in SA and looked what happened deur die toue gedonner met 'n monster regter hook same thing gonna to happen to the white chihuahua. lol
Wesley Green 2013-02-05 09:18:41 AM
haha! entertainment meter just went through the roof!
Nico Eksteen 2013-02-05 09:26:25 AM
This fight will be rigged. SBW to win on points.
Brian Du Reuck 2013-02-05 09:41:30 AM