8 Apr 2013

Francois Botha to fight Joseph Parker

6:26 am on 8 April 2013

Francois Botha, the veteran boxer who lost to Sonny Bill Williams in controversial circumstances in February has agreed to fight rising New Zealand heavyweight Joseph Parker.


The bout marks a massive step up for Parker, his previous four bouts have been against local fighters, in contrast Botha has fought 61 times.

The South African was centre stage in controversy when his bout against the former All Black in Queensland was cut from 12 rounds to 10, as he was getting in control of the fight.

Allegations of corruption, bribes and failed drugs tests followed.

The 44 year old says Parker is foolish to go up against him and he's in for a big wake up call, while Parker says he wants to be challlenged.

The bout will be in Auckland on June 13.