Sonny Bill in weigh-in brawl

2012-02-07 07:47

Sydney - Rugby World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams has yet to prove he can cut it with the best of the boxing world but the All Black looked every inch the brawler when he came to blows with upcoming opponent Clarence Tillman at the weigh-in on Tuesday.

VIDEO: Sonny Bill Williams in weigh-in brawl

American Tillman took exception to the New Zealand powerhouse centre's trash-talking as they faced off at Hamilton's Ringside Gym and gave him a shove.

Williams responded by punching him on the chin and took a right hook to the face in return.

Australian professional boxer and former rugby league player Anthony Mundine, a friend and stable mate of Williams under manager Khoder Nasser, pulled Tillman to the ground and pushed him into a nearby boxing ring.

Video footage posted on the Internet showed Williams murmuring: "Don't call me homie" as the pair eyed each other before they started swinging.

"If he wanted to I could fight right now," said Williams. "It's on."

Fairfax media quoted Mundine as saying he thought Tillman was out of line.

"I think he's flustered," he added. "That was a very disrespectful thing to do. To dog shot someone like that, he's lost all respect and honour as a warrior and I sure do hope that Sonny makes him pay for that tomorrow(Wednesday)."

Tillman weighed in at over 128kg, more than 20kg heavier than Williams, who has been permitted a limited number of fights by the New Zealand Rugby Union in his one-year contract.

Williams has defeated a string of weak opponents and largely failed to impress in his four fights.

Australia's amateur boxing team captain Luke Jackson branded him "a joke" in local media last week and dismissed him as a "good looking bloke ... but not much of a boxer."

Williams won by unanimous decision but was taken the distance in six rounds against his last opponent, 43-year-old Tongan Alipate Liava'a, who New Zealand media derided as a "sickness beneficiary".

The 26-year-old Williams will take on 34-year-old Tillman, who has a record of 11 wins, eight losses and two draws, for the vacant New Zealand Professional Boxing Association belt at Hamilton's Claudelands Event Centre on Wednesday.

Tillman replaced Richard Tutaki, who was scratched from the fight after being arrested on a number of charges.


  • Lionel - 2012-02-07 08:04

    Fastest Gun slinger does eventually die!!!!!!!!!!

      Brannas - 2012-02-07 09:47

      Nattes- Are you always this stupid or are you making a special effort today?

      Lionel - 2012-02-07 09:55

      You don't have to make an effort to be stupid,comes natural to you,poehol!!!!!!!!

      Brannas - 2012-02-07 10:09

      Nattes - If brains were taxed, you’d get a rebate.

      Lionel - 2012-02-07 10:13

      Why you send the same thing twice,you that stupid or what,watch him delete it now!!!!!!

  • SeeVeeDeeEl - 2012-02-07 08:34

    Sonny Bin Williams nearly got dropped. He was clearly confused directly after he was punched.

      Vincent - 2012-02-07 08:58

      SBW is going down! i don't think Tilman even planted that shot nicely. 4 rounds max. and maybe a shortened super rugby season.I wanna watch that fight

  • Chrono - 2012-02-07 09:41

    His an opponent has less than a 50% win ratio. Sannie, get a serious hobby.

  • Theprodigy - 2012-02-07 10:25

    here we go again, more All Black thuggery, seems they just can behave these days, just the other day there was talk about how the NZ cricket team will go to any lengths to beat the Proteas, just like in rugby, cheating is 2nd nature to them. I hope the american *ucks the pretty boy "homie" up real good.

      Jimmy - 2012-02-07 11:07

      Actually the american hit him dumb-a$$...... shame, get over yourself the whole world is out to get you !!! Every post you every make is about some conspiracy or the other, Idiot !!!

      Theprodigy - 2012-02-07 12:33

      @ Jimmy NZ... your pretty boy should stick to rugby, where the rules can still be swayed in his favor, lets see after the fight how pretty he still is.

      Theprodigy - 2012-02-07 12:34

      p.s. stay off our pages...get a life...dumb ass

      Jimmy - 2012-02-07 14:35

      By the way it's whiney little nobs like you that give The Mighty Boks and their supporters a bad name, and that is a fact !!!

      Bob - 2012-02-07 15:40

      Prodigy, I would shut up if I was you, the Kiwi is making you appear real dumb.

  • hannes.handogg - 2012-02-07 16:01

    Wouldn't exactly call THAT a brawl though. More like a slap and then Tillman trips and falls over. I've seen grannies "brawl" harder than that.

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