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Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Zeke Lunar has warned that his charge, Ron "Rocky" Guerrero, will put Francois "White Buffalo" Botha out to pasture tonight.

He said the 41-year-old Botha should have hung up his boxing gloves a long time ago, and would pay for overstaying his welcome in the ring.

Guerrero will oppose Botha for the vacant WBF heavyweight belt.

Their clash will be presented by World Sports Promotion (WSP) at Tlokwe Banquet Hall in North West province.

"Botha was a great fighter and a very nice man, but he has overstayed his welcome in the ring and we will assist him in that direction," said Lunar.

"We're gonna knock his head off."

Guerrero, 34, will be ushered to war by Tony Ayala Senior, the man who masterminded Botha's defeat by Michael Moorer on November 9, 1996.

Botha had been on a winning streak before being stopped in the 12th round by Moorer.

He had chalked up 36 wins, 21 by the short route, and winning the IBF belt since making his professional debut in 1990.

He last fought in 2007 against Bob Mirovic whom he outpointed over 12 rounds for the WBF Interim title.

On paper Botha is a favourite and that is based on his experience from 52 fights, 45 wins (28 KOs), four losses - on knockout - and two draws.

His defeats were against Moorer, Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko.

Guerrero has been a professional fighter since 1998, but without any silverware to prove his capability.

He has 20 victories (14 KOs) against 15 defeats (six by KO), and he should use this opportunity to the best of his ability.

Meanwhile, the new owners of WSP, King Ramathe, Thabang Segooa, Mikiro Ramphenyane and Eric Strydom announced yesterday that their vision of helping the previously disadvantaged through education will be rolled out tonight.

"We will donate 20 computers to a school that will be chosen by MEC for sports Ndleleni Duma during our tournament," said Ramathe.

"In the next 12 months, we would have made at least 17200 people computer literate.

"We aim to increase that number to 86 000 in five years and by then have a thousand computer engineers."


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