Sonny Bill steps in the ring

2011-06-01 00:00

CHRISTCHURCH — The Crusaders prepare to take their second Vodacom Super Rugby bye this weekend to rest their weary legs, with the exception of Sonny Bill Williams, who is preparing for his fourth professional fight.

According to the website, Williams will fight in Auckland on Sunday not only to continue his boxing career, but also to raise money for the Red Cross’ Christchurch Earthquake appeal.

Williams will be donating $100 000 directly to the fund. He has taken part in three fights so far.

First opponent Gary Gurr lasted exactly 266 seconds. Ryan Hogan was able to last 150 seconds.

Scott Lewis managed to take the fight to the distance, with Williams gaining an unanimous points decision, but the longer bout showcased Sonny Bill’s improved street smarts in the ring.

Alipate Liava’a, a Tongan heavyweight with a 4-7 record, is hoping to take down the athletic Williams, despite the fact that he is 18 years older than the 25-year-old Sonny Bill.

“I’m skilful and I can fight inside and outside, but I’m not going there to box — I’m ready to pull out those bombs,” he said. “I’m going to go in and throw bombs on him. If I connect with those punches, he’ll be gone.”

The match will see the 1,91 metre, 108 kg Williams pitted against a 1,72 metre, 112 kg Liava’a.

The Crusaders play the Blues in Timaru in two weeks.

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