Sydney - Boxing All Black Sonny Bill Williams
said he had surgery on a pectoral injury on Wednesday, which looks
likely to delay his return to his Japanese club and force the
postponement of his next fight.
"Just spoke to the doctor
operation went well, Thanks for the support I've truly been blessed,"
the 27-year-old tweeted to his followers.
Williams injured his shoulder and chest while playing for Japanese Top League club Panasonic Wild Knights at the weekend.
New Zealand's heavyweight boxing champion flew to Sydney on Tuesday to
prepare for his November 24 bout against 44-year-old Francois Botha in
However, Williams now faces up to two months out, which
would leave little option but to postpone his fight with Botha, while
his return to Japanese rugby could also be in doubt.
centre left the world champion All Blacks and Chiefs for a
lucrative 12-match deal in Japan worth an estimated $100 000 a game.
Williams smashed his shoulder into the turf after a flying tackle in
Panasonic's 23-20 win over Kintetsu Liners on Saturday and was rushed to
hospital for an MRI scan.
The injury could spell a premature end
to his Japanese season, with Panasonic having seen little return
halfway through their investment.
Williams is expected to quit union and return to rugby league with the Sydney Roosters next year.