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Photos: Sonny Bill Williams Bests Botha, Cooper Shines - Boxing News
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 Last update:  2/8/2013       Read more by Boxing Photos         
   
Photos: Sonny Bill Williams Bests Botha, Cooper Shines
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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.

Tags: photos , Francois Botha , Sonny Bill Williams , Quade Cooper


 

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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 heavyweight "contenders" according to many, who only fight bumbs and have NO skills, just b...

comment by MJ223, on 02-08-2013
Tried to stay up for this one..... But my body failed me

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 clinches and the crowd is whistling (booing) their heads off! The ten round semi-fea...

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 have survived 11th round.

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