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Photos: Sonny Bill Williams Bests Botha, Cooper Shines

Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Boondall, Queensland, Australia - Rugby star Sonny Bill Williams (6-0, 3 KOs) sucked it up to win a controversial ten round unanimous decision over former heavyweight champion Francois Botha (48-9-3, 29 KOs). Williams swept most of the fight with his boxing ability, but it was Botha who rallied strong at the end. The scores were 97-91, 98-94, 97-91. Controversy broke out as the fight was always scheduled to be a twelve round contest, but it changed to a ten round fight without prior notice.

Another Rugby star entered the boxing ranks, with cruiserweight boxer Quade Cooper (1-0, 1 KO) knocking out Barry Dunnett (1-2) in the first round.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by cbasaussie on 02-08-2013

I'm sorry but the ex heavy weight champion looks all the EX on it.. over weight, did not look in shape and still gave this Williams an ass whooping.. I would love to see Kimbo fight this Williams guys, two…

Comment by MJ223 on 02-08-2013

[B]Tried to stay up for this one..... But my body failed me[/B]

Comment by Ray Corso on 02-08-2013

Its not the first or last time thats happened. I had Jerry "Whimpy" Halstead in Milan Italy years ago fighting the Italian LtHvy Champ and Whimpy is beating this guy all over the ring. The ref is not breaking the…

Comment by Jocknerd94 on 02-08-2013

Kind of sick of these guys from different sports jumping to Boxing and acting like they are the best upon arrival.

Comment by Simone on 02-08-2013

The verb "Best" doesn't suit here well. "Sonny Bill Williams Defrauds Botha" would be much better. To everyone's surprise, the fight was rescheduled to a 10-rounder as Williams was getting his ass kicked badly. There was no way he would…

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