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|47-Year Old Holyfield Stops Botha in 8th Round
|LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Evander Holyfield stopped Frans Botha in the eighth round to win the WBF heavyweight title Saturday night.
The 47-year-old Holyfield (43-10-2) knocked the 41-year old Botha (47-5-3) down with 2:36 left in the round with a right to the left chin.
Botha beat referee Russell Mora's count, but with 2:05 left Mora stopped the fight with Botha backed into a corner. It was Holyfield's 28th career knockout.
Two judges had Botha ahead 67-66 when the fight was stopped. The other judge had it Holyfield 69-64.
There were only about 2,200 people in the stands at the Thomas & Mack Center, most rooting for Holyfield.
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