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Francois Botha

Updated: 2009-05-16
Francois Botha


Country South Africa Age 48
Club Buffalo's Height 191 cm / 6'3"
Style Boxing Weight 119 kg / 262 lbs
Categories WGP

Former I.B.F. Heavyweight Champion K-1 WORLD GP 2004 3rd Place

Results Total Win KOs Loss Draw
K1 Fights 11 2 1 9 0
Other Fights 0 0 0 0 0
Statistics 11 18% 9% 82% 0


Francois Botha, also known as Frans Botha (born September 28, 1968, in Witbank) is a South African boxer, nicknamed the "White Buffalo". He is a former International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight Champion and the current World Boxing Foundation World Heavyweight Champion.

Pro Boxing Career

Botha, known for his great courage and big heart, has had a relatively distinguished career as a heavyweight boxer, having fought several world heavyweight champions including Mike Tyson, Shannon Briggs, Axel Schulz, Michael Moorer, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko. Botha suffered a fifth round knock out to Mike Tyson, whom he had been beating up until that point.

Botha had a victory in 1995 against Germany's Axel Schulz to win the IBF World Heavyweight Championship, but later tested positive for the steroid nandrolone [1] he and his camp claimed to be prescribed by a doctor for an arm injury. The result of the fight was then changed to a "No Contest" and Botha was stripped of the title.

"The White Buffalo" bounced back with a courageous effort with Michael Moorer for the IBF crown on the undercard of Mike Tyson's first contest with Evander Holyfield. Moorer knocked him out in the twelfth round. This eventually led to fights with Mike Tyson, Shannon Briggs, and heavyweight title showdowns with Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko. Botha came up on the short end via knockout in both of those encounters for the heavyweight title.

Four months after the Klitschko fight, Botha fought distinguished contender Clifford Etienne, and knocked him down twice, but was denied a victory and received a majority draw with two judges scoring it 94-94 and one judge scoring it 95-93 in favor of Botha. This was in Etienne's hometown.

K1/Kickboxing & MMA career

From 2003-2006 Botha participated several times in the kickboxing combat sport, K-1. His current K-1 record is 2-10, with the two wins coming against K-1/Kickboxing legends Jerome Le Banner and Peter Aerts. Botha's final K-1 match was a 3 round decision loss to Jorgen Kruth on May 20th, 2006 in a K-1 superfight in Stockholm, Sweden.

Botha also had one mixed martial arts fight. On December 31st, 2004 he lost to Yoshihiro Akiyama via an armbar submission in the first round.

On October 14th, Botha beat Espedito Da Silva by KO at Africa Bomba-Yaa.

Botha made a return to kickboxing in 2008. On March 30th, 2008, Botha defeated muay thai kickboxer Kaoklai Kaennorsing at The KHAN in Seoul, Korea by decision. He lost to French kickboxer "Le Gentleman" Gregory Tony at WFC 6 on September 27th, 2008 in Bulgaria.

Boxing Comeback

In July 2007, Botha returned to boxing with a unanimous decision victory over Bob Mirovic in a fight held in South Africa. Botha dominated the fight with two judges holding Botha won all twelve rounds and one judge ruling he won ten of twelve. The bout was for the interim WBF World Heavyweight title.

On February 6th, 2009, Botha beat Ron "Rocky" Guerrero by unanimous decision for the vacant WBF World Heavyweight title in South Africa. He successfully defended his WBF title against Timo Hoffmann on May 15, 2009 in Germany, winning the fight by split decision.


He currently resides in South Africa with his wife Elsje and two children, Marcel and Cecelia-Ann. Botha has his own trading company called Hired Hands now.


Botha appeared as a selectable fighter in the PS2 games Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing in 2002 and K-1 World GP 2006 in 2006.

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Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2008-07-09 at: 09:09
Great boxer, not so good K-1 fighter.
Sidekick (492 posts)
Posted: 2008-07-15 at: 12:17
Yeah, daniel...that about sums it up for this guy!
(2 posts)
Posted: 2009-01-30 at: 08:50
This profile is waaay behind.. k!
and it says nothing about me in it ? thats bulshit!!
k well hes my dad and he lives we live in south africa again.. in the family u got his wife
(my mom) elsje botha, marcel botha (my brother) and me cecelia-ann botha :)
u also got our pets & wt not bt thats not so important.. his recent fights was with this
rusian guy.. somthing bear.. wasnt reali payin attention bt ya.. hes got his own trading
company called hired hands now.. & i think hes gonna have 2 more fights then hes
retiring.. still nt shure ..
bt da point of me typing this is 1 cuz its a rainy day and i cnt go 2 da beach so im bored and 2 becuz i think its a lil unfair dat no1 ever mentioned da family 2 ne1..
neways over it nw.. lakka..x
Danny Boy (2 posts)
Posted: 2009-02-12 at: 01:59
I'm a big Frans Botha fan. I was really glad to see him win the vacant WBF world heavyweight boxing title this past friday. His profile could certainly use an update.

Wow Cecelia-Ann, you really Frans Botha's daughter? That's awesome! Do you have any cool stories or anything you'd care to share? I would love to hear anything you have to say about Frans...
Kim, Editor (1548 posts)
Posted: 2009-04-04 at: 04:48
I updated the profile and hope you like it Cecilia and Danny.

Please feel free to update the profile ;-) Just click on the update fighter ikon on the top and insert relevant information like you mentionend. Cheers!
(2 posts)
Posted: 2009-05-01 at: 08:23
haha kwl :) ya i am.. um stories bout mi dad .. well hes gonna fight some german guy next month in germany.. dont know his name tho .. google it and im shure it will cum up..
Danny Boy (2 posts)
Posted: 2009-05-16 at: 08:44
Well Frans successfully defended his WBF title against Timo Hoffmann in Germany last night, he won by split decision. So im definitely happy about that being a White Buffalo fan and all. I'll go ahead and update the profile to reflect that. Frans knocked Hoffmann down in the 11th and from the sounds of it nearly knocked him out in the 12th, which is impressive because Vitali Klitschko couldn't knock Hoffmann down, and he's also the only opponent in Vitali's 37 career victories that Vitali didn't stop. So that was awesome on Botha's part, what he did to Hoffmann.

Congrats on your father's victory Cecelia-Ann, hope to see you post here again soon. Maybe update us on what's next for him. And thanks for the previous update Kim. Later.
Daniel, Sweden reporter (2501 posts)
Posted: 2009-08-03 at: 07:19
I never thought that K-1 was the right forum for Botha, but I must say that I was impressed by him when he fought Jörgen Kruth. He must have taken more then 60 rock hard low kicks to his front leg, and eventho he could hardly stand up he still contiued to fight back. Respect!
Jake (281 posts)
Posted: 2010-01-08 at: 02:31
Him vs hloyfield in uganda coming up in 10'
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