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Holyfield v Botha fight in Uganda is delayed

Evander Holyfield
Holyfield continues to defy those who feel he should have retired long ago

Evander Holyfield's fight against Francois Botha for the World Boxing Federation heavyweight title has been postponed until 20 February.

Holyfield's bid for the lightly-regarded belt was set for Kampala's Nambole Stadium on 16 January.

But Pro Box Promotions manager Eddie Bazira said: "We need more time to publicise it and give the fighters ample time to prepare themselves.

"I assure the world that the fight will take place."

Holyfield, 47, has not fought since losing on points to Nikolay Valuev in a WBA title fight in December 2008.

The four-time world champion believes victory in Uganda could earn him another shot at a more prestigious title.

Holyfield's record stands at 47 wins and 10 losses, with two draws, and he has vowed to fight on until he regains a recognised version of the world heavyweight crown.

Many fans and pundits felt he should have been awarded the decision against Valuev in Zurich, and the Russian has since lost his title to Britain's David Haye.

Holyfield said: "I'm very much looking forward to going to Uganda and I expect a tough fight against Francois Botha.

"I am going to win and I will cherish the WBF title."

South Africa's Botha (47-4 with 3 draws) has lost to former world champions Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Michael Moorer in the past.

He beat Ron Guerrero last February to claim the vacant WBF title, defended it with a split-decision win over Timo Hoffman in May, and retained the belt with a draw against Pedro Carrion in October.

Botha said: "I have always been my own harshest critic, and my performance against Carrion was arguably the worst of my career.

"Expect the fittest, toughest and best ever Francois Botha in Uganda. I owe my fans and members of Team Botha the performance of my life. I intend to make good on that."

see also
Holyfield queries Haye experience
01 Oct 09 |  Boxing
From boxer to bankrupt
29 Jun 09 |  Boxing
WBA to investigate Valuev victory
30 Dec 08 |  Boxing
Valuev ends Holyfield title dream
20 Dec 08 |  Boxing
Holyfield wants one more world title
08 Mar 08 |  Scotland

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