Even I thought that the “bribe” story would be the end of this… but no, there’s more.
It looks like the tale Botha told about being offered a bribe to lose his controversial bout with Sonny Bill Williams may actually have some legs to it. Newspaper reports are saying that the referee for the bout, Tony Kettlewell, was informed by Philip Holiday (one of Botha’s team and a former 135lbs world champion himself) prior to the fight about the alleged bribe and that Botha had turned it down.
To quote the article:
“Philip just said he (Botha) was offered so much money to throw the fight and he refused to,” Kettlewell told AAP.
“He didn’t say how much money.
“He said (Botha said) ‘no way in the world I’m going to lay down. I’m here to fight’.”