Tyson Fury, the unbeaten 6ft 9in heavyweight from Manchester will take on his toughest opponent to date in former world title challenger Francois Botha over 10 rounds in a “Special Feature Fight” at Wembley Arena on February 19th.

South African born Botha, nicknamed the “White Buffalo” has fought several marquee world heavyweight champions, including Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and most recently Evander Holyfield.

It will be a step up for Fury, but his size and youth should be enough to beat Botha (left) who is way past his best, but a good fight for Fury at this stage. 

The fight is part of an Hennessy promotion that also sees a double header with light welterweight, Lenny Daws of Morden, defending his Lonsdale belt against highly world ranked American based Londoner Ashley “Treasure” Theophane.

The night of boxing also has John O’Donnell of Shepherd’s Bush and Manchester’s Craig Watson battling it out again. Both last met in a thrilling contest for the Commonwealth title back in April 2009 in which O’Donnell on the night was awarded a close split decision which Watson strongly objected to, believing he had done enough.

Watson though has made sure this time around he is fully prepared and not suffering from inactivity.

“I could have done more gym work, and hadn’t boxed in eleven months prior to that fight and was a bit ring rusty, but even after all of my problems I still thought I had done enough to win by two rounds.”

“But this time I feel stronger than ever, I’ve had four stoppages in my last six fights; I even won the Commonwealth Light Middleweight title with only two days notice so I’m not going to leave anything to chance and have been hitting the gym twice a day”.

“This time I’m going to score a KO” Said Watson.

Commonwealth title challenger Lee “Lights Out” Purdy and former Southern Area Champion Kreshnik Qato will both be in back in action.

Joining these fighters at Wembley will be a host of talented young boxers including Haddenham’s Tornado Tyler Goodjohn, Islington’s John “the Gorilla” Ryder, Phill Fury of Lancaster and Chris “Flash” Evangelou of Enfield.


Tickets are on sale now from the following box offices priced at
£100, £75, £40 and £30.

Please note: Family tickets are also available from the Wembley Arena Box Office.

Wembley Arena, 24hr Box Office Call 0844 815 0815
or www.wembleyarena.co.uk

Ticketline 24hr Box Office call 0844 888 4402 or www.hennessysports.com

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