SONNY BILL WILLIAMS'S manager, Khoder Nasser, has described Francois Botha as a ''sore loser'' following allegations that he'd been offered money to throw the fight.
Speaking on New Zealand radio, the South African heavyweight accused Nasser of offering a $150,000 bribe to throw the WBA international heavyweight bout on Friday in Brisbane.
Botha told LiveSport radio on Wednesday that he was picked up from his hotel last Tuesday night and taken to a park where his phone was confiscated. During the walk in the park, Nasser offered him the money to lose the fight, he alleged.
Nasser strongly denied Botha's extraordinary claims. ''I think he is still in a daze,'' Nasser said. ''This is the same bloke who said he didn't know about the fight being 10 rounds, and then his promoter and he himself came out later and said it was 10 rounds.
''Then he said he wasn't drugs tested and then he said he was tested, then he said he was tested by my brother, and now he has come up with this one. What is next?
''The fact the media is loving this sore loser must be unprecedented; the media is siding with a guy who has got sour grapes. He has got to come to terms with the reality that he got his ass whipped by a guy who had had only five fights.
''It is all well and good to come out with all these allegations after, but where's his manhood? Why wasn't it brought out the day before? It's absolute madness. If it happened like he said, why didn't he come out and report it then - or does it suit him now?''
Williams won the fight in controversial circumstances. He was awarded a points decision but the fight ended after 10 rounds, despite earlier promotion saying it was a 12-round fight.
''I got a call on the Tuesday evening, right after the drug testing,'' Botha told LiveSport from South Africa. ''They said I was being picked up and I had to be alone. So they picked me up - and I told my trainer where I'm going - and they drove me and as we stopped at the park where my cellphone was confiscated … During this walk I was made an offer, at that stage, of $150,000 to throw the fight. I wasn't supposed to win. Everything was against me … drug testing, 12 rounds … ''
Botha alleged the man who made the offer was Nasser. ''I just said, 'No, I can't do this. I'm a Christian, I cannot do this,''' Botha said.
He said he told a friend of the approach when he returned to his hotel.
Botha also claims he passed a drug test on return to South Africa.
with Fred Woodcock, Fairfax NZ