Grant stops Botha
By Jim Dower: 39-year-old Michael Grant (48-4, 36 KO’s) showed that he has a little bit more left in the tank compared to his 43-year-old opponent Francois Botha (48-6-3, 28 KO’s) in a battle of aging heavyweights at the Monte Casino, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Grant, 6’7”, stopped Botha in the 12th round on Saturday night to capture the vacant World Boxing Federation heavyweight title. Grant was behind in the fight going into the 12th when Grant finally found the power to end the fight by connecting with a beautiful right hand that sent Botha down for the count.
Botha was badly hurt by the shot and couldn’t make it back to his feet and the fight was halted. Grant was frustrating in the fight, however, as he failed to throw a lot of punches and gave a lot of rounds away to Botha that he easily could have won had he been busier. Grant does still have excellent power in his right hand, as he showed in the 12th. The problem with Grant is he just doesn’t throw enough punches. Luckily for him he was finally able to end the fight in the 12th, but he could have finished the fight a lot earlier had he shown more of an urgency.