The three aspects above seemed to have been the main topic in the sports headlines over the last month or so. I thought the SBW and White Buffalo fight was a cocktail that contained most if not all three of the above mentioned ingredients.
My immediate thought when I heard about the SBW vs François Botha boxing contest was that it was a SBW self-marketing scheme and most likely rigged. My evaluation after last night farce is still on that track. Let’s face it SBW got a brilliant agent that knows how to market his product and how to make money with this freakish specimen.
I didn’t see the whole fight but Botha looked grossly out of shape and ponderous in the bits that I did see. He is ‘faking’ being cheated afterwards but I am not convinced that that is not part of the whole SBW Williams’s career building and money making farce.
Botha is way past his heyday and this was most certainly an opportunity for a has-been to make a few bugs for retirement. It’s only the saints and the hypocrites among us that would claim that they would not have jumped at such an opportunity at age 44 to make a couple of hundred thousand dollars just to throw a fight.
Whether Botha was in on it or not it was a farce in my humble opinion. Botha had absolutely nothing to gain career wise with this fight and showed no pride judging by the physical condition he was in when he entered this fight. Yes, SWB looked out on his feet in the last seconds of that fight and Botha seemed to have the better of him but for F**K sake he (Botha) could have been at least in better shape. A fit Botha would have put this show ponie on his back for the count. To be fair to Botha not many fit 22-year-olds would have been able to hold their own against SBW in the ring. Even fewer fit 44-year-olds would have managed one round against this freak but Botha had months to prepare and there are stuff like neuropeptides, nadralone, testosterone and Sport scientists who could have put him in the best shape of his life.
Botha had nothing to lose or to gain apart from the satisfaction of beating the show ponie up. What is the change that he had his blood tested before or after this fight and so what if he got caught; he is going absolutely nowhere boxing wise. So my point is if he had any pride there are means and ways to get in sterling condition at age 44.
I mean he could have made Sport Science or his Sport doctor the fall guy if been found to use illegal substances.
He could have used the most potent stuff on the ‘illegal market’ because drug cheating is a major problem in rugby league and so far as I can remember that is SBW’s main stream of income. So you think SBW would have entered this match if there was any change of a drug test being administrated? Not at all.
This contest was a disgrace and I believe a huge disappointment for those that paid money to watch it.
I am not saying athletes should use drugs but to be honest if I were Botha and had a change at 44 (with no prospect of re-starting my boxing career) I would have used everything I could to get in proper shape so that I can give the show ponie a bit of a scrubbing.
Botha either has no pride or this thing was rigged right from the start.