Holyfield, 47, tops Botha to win WBF heavyweight title

April 11, 2010 3:26:09 AM PDT
Evander Holyfield stopped Frans Botha in the eighth round to win the WBF heavyweight title Saturday night. The 47-year-old Holyfield (43-10-2) knocked the 41-year old Botha (47-5-3) down with 2:36 left in the round with a right to the left chin.

Botha beat referee Russell Mora's count, but with 2:05 left Mora stopped the fight with Botha backed into a corner. It was Holyfield's 28th career knockout.

Two judges had Botha ahead 67-66 when the fight was stopped. The other judge had it Holyfield 69-64.

There were only about 2,200 people in the stands at the Thomas & Mack Center, most rooting for Holyfield.


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