Fancois Botha at the end of the controversial fight. (Photo
by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Francois Botha has claimed that he was offered $150,000
to throw his controversial loss to Sonny Bill Williams last
Botha, speaking from Durban, told Radio LiveSport that he was
picked up from his hotel on the Tuesday night before the
fight and taken to a park where he was asked to lose on
purpose, he alleges.
"My cellphone was confiscated and given to the guy in the car
and I was being walked. During this walk I was made an offer
of $150,000 to throw the fight," Botha said.
"I just said 'No I can't do it'."
Why Botha has left it until five days after the fight to make
the serious claim is unclear.
He claims he told a close friend about the alleged offer on
his return to the hotel.
"As I came into the hotel he could clearly see that I am very
upset. I tell him I need to see him and talk about this."
"He said 'Fran if you ever think about doing this I'm going
to get on a plane and go back to South Africa because I don't
want to be part of this'.
I told him straight 'Listen I'm not doing this. I'm a
Christian and I cannot do this'.
"Everything there, I wasn't supposed to win. Everyone was
against me, then the drugs testing, then being 12
rounds...then cut down to 10."
Botha, who reportedly failed a drugs test on the eve of the
fight claims he had another test on his arrival back in South
Africa and passed.
According to reports the 44-year-old submitted a urine sample
on Tuesday last week, the Sydney Morning Herald said, and the
test revealed the presence of phentermine, a banned
"I did my drugs test and the results are all clear."
Botha claims the drug testing process the week before the
fight was done by a relation of Khoder Nasser.
"They called me on the Tuesday, I did the drug testing in the
morning and the way I went and did the drugs testing it was
suspicious probably because it was a small room. I did the
urine and I've done other drugs test in my career and you
usually do sample A and sample B. It gets sealed.... the same
with the blood. This wasn't done I only did one test and the
blood was not regulated," Botha said,
"As far as I know only the Boxing Commission of Australia can
do this test and it wasn't done by the Boxing Commission of
"This was done by Khoder Nasser's brother or his nephew,
somebody like that - a relation to him."
SBW-Botha controversy timeline
Last Tuesday morning - Botha takes drugs test.
Last Tuesday evening - Botha offered money to throw fight, he
Thursday - At the weigh-in Williams says Botha will do "12
rounds pretty easy".
Friday - Williams wins fight by judges decision. The bout
lasts 10 rounds, when many expected a 12-round fight.
Saturday - Williams tweets 'We both knew it was a ten
-rounder'. TAB refunds all 'pick the round' bets on the
Monday - Sydney Morning Herald reports that Botha's drug test
revealed the presence of phentermine, a banned stimulant.
Today - Botha alleges to Radio LiveSport he was offered money
to throw the fight.