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WBO heavyweight champ to fight Botha

Updated: February 20, 2002, 4:30 PM ET
Associated Press

STUTTGART, Germany -- WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko will defend his title against Frans Botha on March 16.

Klitschko is 37-1 with 35 knockouts.

"Botha is a boxer with a lot of experience," Klitschko said. "I respect him and won't underestimate him. He looked good against Mike Tyson before he was knocked out."

Botha, 44-3-1 with 28 knockouts, briefly held the IBF title and was leading Tyson in 1999 before he was stopped in the sixth round. Lennox Lewis ...

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