I could have KO’d drug addict Tyson, says SA’s ‘White Buffalo’

2013-11-17 06:00

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Former World Boxing Federation champion Francois “The White Buffalo” Botha says he could have beaten Mike Tyson in 1999 following Tyson’s revelation that he took cocaine throughout his career and cheated drug tests.

Tyson, the youngest heavyweight champion of the world in boxing’s history, this week disclosed that he was hooked on cocaine and marijuana and that he tricked drug testers by using someone else’s urine and a fake penis.

“It’s shocking to know that someone who’s idolised like Tyson cheated his way to the top. I can safely say I could have KO’d him when we fought in 1999 were it not for his drug addiction,” said Botha, who was knocked out by the controversial US boxer in round five of their scrap.

“Clearly, he should have lost most of the fights he won and I do not know why he’s only coming out now,” he said.

The 45-year-old retired Botha also took a swipe at drug testers, accusing them of double standards.

“I was watched very closely by drug testers during my boxing career because they believed I was using steroids while real offenders got away with it with ease. It’s unfair and this is a lesson that strict rules need to be applied the same way to everyone.”

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