Sunday, January 30, 2011
Dual international Sonny Bill Williams took place in his third professional boxing fight this weekend, resulting in a unanimous decision as the All Black won on the Gold Coast. While the previous two fights have been questionable, this time he was tested by brawler Scott Lewis.
It was clear early on that Lewis meant business as he came out the blocks firing away at the multi-talented Williams, who managed to raise a few thousand dollars from the event.
The fight went six rounds and while both showed fatigue, Williams superb conditioning meant he was able to get stronger as the fight went on, whereas Lewis, while giving it his all, was gaping for breath at times, and failed to successfully land one of his dangerous lefts. The Williams jab kept him at bay, while a few uppercuts did most of the damage.
"Obviously I would like to extend my boundaries and do well in another sport, but there's a lot of things I need to sharpen up," he said. "It's a work in progress."
The former NRL star finished ahead on all three scorecards, 60-55, 60-55 and 60-54.
''I can have another fight if I wish during the season - it is in my contract - but if I feel that it is going to jeopardise my playing ability in any way I won't do it because rugby is first right now,'' Williams said.
''But if it doesn't, if it feels like it would give me that kick which I feel right now - I feel mentally strong and I could play 80 minutes easy of footy after that - then I will do it for sure.
''It is back to rugby now. I'll have to train hard and change focus but that is all right. I don't like to be idle, I just like to work hard and I can't wait to get stuck into it.''
Williams will now return to training with the Crusaders, hoping to add another two kilograms to him impressive frame ahead of his first ever Super Rugby season.
The following is a short clip highlighting some of the more entertaining moments in the fight.
Sonny Bill Williams boxing again, before heading to Canterbury (July 2010)
Sonny Bill Williams makes his boxing debut in Brisbane (June 2009)
Note: Thanks to stuff.co.nz for the video report