Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Sonny Bill is a boxing champ
New Zealand's World Cup-winning star Sonny Bill Williams has become a boxing champion after a first-round knockout of Clarence Tillman.
The 26-year-old, who has represented his country in both rugby codes, stopped his American opponent just before the bell in the opening round to secure the vacant New Zealand heavyweight title.
Williams came off the bench in New Zealand's World Cup final win over France in October after converting to rugby union in 2008. Those following the best online rugby union odds will know just how good he is.
He began his rugby career with the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL four years earlier and made an immediate impact in the 13-a-side code. He was tipped for great things but left the Bulldogs to join French side Toulon.
Not satisfied with being one of the most talented rugby players on the planet, Williams set about becoming a boxing champion and made his professional debut in 2009.
The Kiwi had won all four of his paid bouts heading into the clash with Tillman in Hamilton. The weigh-in saw fireworks between the two as Williams conceded a 21kg weight advantage to Tillman.
The American was made to regret aiming a punch at Williams during the build-up to the fight as the talented New Zealander pummelled Tillman with a flurry of blows on the ropes to stop the bout.
Williams is competing as a boxer on a part-time basis before he starts life with new club Waikato Chiefs in the Super 15 later this month.
He is widely expected to make the switch back to rugby league next year with the Sydney Roosters. Williams is reportedly bored with union and is keen for a fresh challenge in the NRL.
Williams is a rare breed of sportsman able to pick and choose which sport he plays. The new boxing champion has the sporting world at his feet.
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