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Why is SBW boxing again?


All Black centre Sonny Bill Williams has made a shock announcement that he is planning a return to the boxing ring and will fight his next professional bout just months before the World Cup in New Zealand.

The rugby league convert made his Test match debut on New Zealand’s recent Grand Slam tour, with his trade mark off-loads earning him a man-of-the-match award in the All Blacks crushing 49-3 defeat of Scotland.

Williams is understood to have a clause in his contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union that allows him the freedom to step back into the boxing ring.

The 25-year-old knocked out fellow New Zealander Ryan ‘Hulk’ Hogan in June this year and will announce the details of his next fight on Wednesday.

“He moved around a bit and I would have liked it to be a bit more toe-to-toe,” Williams told AAP after knocking Hogan out in June.

“He got me with a couple of shots which was disappointing,” he added.

Williams is expected to play for the Crusaders in next year’s Super 15 and should the fight go ahead the team’s coach Todd Blackadder together with All Blacks coach Graham Henry will no doubt be horrified that one of their prize backline assets is risking serious injury in a sport where repeatedly punched in the face.

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  1. Maybe they want to keep him in training and move him to the front row, a la Kevin Skinner in 1956.

  2. I wonder what his AB contract looks like!? Probably has a provition in it for him to do his own thing – like Boxing…

  3. He may be the flavour of the month with NZ rugby public, but he has only one interest and that is SBW. He walked out on his mates in League and left them in the lurch ……….. I’d say that Nonu has nothing to worry about.

    I think that he’d be vulnerable to some good old Bok defence. :mrgreen:

  4. The NZRU on Wednesday backed plans by rising All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams to resume his boxing career, adding that money was at the heart of their decision allow him to return to the ring.

  5. Boertjie – it was in his contract that he could kep on boxing…..it’s his timing that is now in question. The ‘saders must be pissed off with him.

  6. Good on him… why shouldn’t he be able to box… no negative effects on his rugby career… he’ll only be fighting one step up the ladder from a bum again…

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