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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 July, 2003, 02:30 GMT 03:30 UK
Tyson 'could face Botha'
Frans Botha and Mike Tyson
Botha and Tyson fought back in 1999
Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson could face a rematch with South Africa's Francois Botha in September, according to Botha's manager Sterling McPherson.

The manager hopes to set up the fight for 13 September in Johannesburg to give Botha a chance to avenge his fifth-round defeat against Tyson in January 1999.

"The date is a little strange because Oscar De La Hoya and Shane Mosley will fight the same night in Las Vegas but I can say I've heard from Jay Larkin at Showtime TV and Tyson's manager Shelly Finkel," said McPherson.

"I was on a conference call with Sports Network TV and each of the people involved has expressed serious interest.

"Botha called me from South Africa and told me they were moving on securing a stadium there.

"I know Tyson called his trainers and told them to get ready. I'll do this fight if it's for real."

Meanwhile, a bodyguard for boxing promoter Don King has sued Tyson, accusing the 37-year-old of punching him twice and breaking a bone in his face.

Isadore Bolton has sued Tyson for compensatory damages of approximately $15,000 said Bolton's attorney Bob Montgomery.




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