Monday, June 01, 2009
Toulons Sonny Bill Williams is never far from the limelight, especially of late as the former League superstar made his professional boxing debut in Brisbane last week. He also happens to be in Australia to play for the Barbarians against the Wallabies on Saturday.
Williams received a mixed response from the Australian media, who had the knives out for him not too long ago after he sensationally made the switch to Union.
Despite his season not being overly flash, Sonny Bill has gradually improved after injury problems, and has shown touches of class as Toulon avoided relegation from the Top 14.
Against the Wallabies in Sydney this weekend hell be looking to show glimpses of the brilliance that made him one of the most highly regarded players in the NRL.
Before that though, he had a slight venture into professional boxing as he provided the undercard fight ahead of his friend Anthony Mundines main event in Brisbane.
Williams opponent was a Kiwi rookie brawler nicknamed The Baboon, who did his best to hype up the event before hand, crashing Mundines press conference, and then pushing Williams at the weigh-in.
Williams did the business in the ring though, rocking Gary 'Baboon' Gurr with an uppercut late in the first round, then continuing the composed onslaught before the referee had seen enough.
While in Sydney Williams took time out to donate a hefty cheque to St Vincent Hospital's drug rehabilitation ward, which is part of the KO to Drugs awareness campaign that apparently lured him into the once off boxing appearance.
The stage is now set for Sonny Bill to show his quality on the rugby field as he returns to the city that made him star, as he exchanges boxing gloves for the famous black & white kit of the Barbarians.
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Thanks to: One News, NZ Herald, TVNZ.