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SBW poser: Boxing v All Blacks

2012-04-04 12:35

Johannesburg - A South African boxing promoter confirms talks have been held with Sonny Bill Williams's agent for a fight that would clash with the All Blacks' series against Ireland.

Golden Gloves representative and former world champion Brian Mitchell was quoted as stating that his group has been speaking to Williams's agent Khoder Nasser who was in Cape Town last week, about a fight on June 16.

Williams, currently playing for the Chiefs in Super Rugby, may be unavailable for the All Blacks' Tests against Ireland if a proposal to fight in South African is accepted.

That date is in the middle of the All Blacks' three-Test series against Ireland and it seems unlikely new All Blacks coach Steve Hansen would allow Williams to be available for only part of that Test window.

It is also likely that Williams would want time off to prepare for such a bout - especially if he is matched against an opponent that can last more than a couple of rounds.

The Chiefs' Super Rugby campaign will take a break during June before cranking-up again in August.

It has been stated that Williams has shown interest in the fight with promoters hoping to enter him in the cruiserweight division - a drop down from the heavyweight division he usually fights in.

The winner of the cruiserweight tournament could win around R500 000. It has been speculated that Williams's opponent could be South African Danie Venter.

Given the number of rumours about Williams's future, and strong hints he will sign with NRL club the Sydney Roosters after his contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union expires at the end of this year, the timing of this proposed bout could suggest he has lost interest in furthering his All Blacks career.

If the fight went ahead it could mean Hansen may not want Williams to be part of his plans as be rebuilds for the future and ignore him for the Rugby Championship (old Tri-Nations) campaign and the northern hemisphere tour later in the year.

Boxing is understood to earn a large chunk of Williams's salary and these recent negotiations again suggest how much Nasser wants his client to corner this part of the sports entertainment market.

Sport24

Comments
  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 12:42

    I want to see him fight longer than a paltry six rounds (not that I could go one, but okay ...) Would be cool if he could do both, rugby and boxing, but I want to see him fight 10-12 rounds. Maybe Tommy The Gun Oosthuisen can bulk up a bit and give this Sonny poser a good klap!

      Saffa - 2012-04-04 12:53

      @Charles, I just want to see him fight a chap who isn't: a)cripple, b)blind, c)morbidly obese, d)mentally disabled.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-04 12:58

      Well that rules out anyone from the ANCYL. Would be great to see him pound fatboy Malema though, huh? I'd pay top dollar to watch that, then I'll rewind and watch it again!

      Terence - 2012-04-04 13:40

      A Williams/Malema superfight would be one for the PVR.

      Saffa - 2012-04-04 14:27

      Fatboy Malema will have a lot more time on his hands with all these recent developments.....who knows, boxing might be a worthy pursuit for the charlatan (although, If I were Juju, I would use my time wisely and return to school to complete my Grade 4)

  • waynemp - 2012-04-04 14:04

    Sonny Bill Williams is as much a boxer as he is a hooker. So maybe he can box.

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