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Sonny Bill Williams-Francois Botha Set For Nov. 24

New Zealand heavyweight boxing champion Sonny Bill Williams' next fight has been confirmed for Brisbane next month against South African veteran Francois Botha.

Fight promoters announced World Cup-winning All Black Williams will fight Botha on November 24.

Williams, who is currently playing for Japanese rugby club Panasonic Wild Knights, last fought in February when he scored a TKO victory over American Clarence Tillman III in Hamilton to secure the vacant national belt.

Botha, 44, has won 48 fights, lost eight and drawn three in a professional career that includes a fifth-round knockout at the hands of former world champion Mike Tyson.

Williams told the Sydney Morning Herald that Botha would be a sterner opponent than anybody he has fought in a fledgling career.

"It's a bit of a daunting prospect but I believe it's a step in the right direction for my boxing," he said.

"A lot of people will be saying I've bit off more than I can chew this time but I'll be looking to do what I've done last fight."

Williams said the Wild Knights club had freed him up for boxing training sessions most mornings, to complement his rugby duties in the afternoon.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by chocolate on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=joe strong;12630263]botha still can go 12 round rounds regardless of his age & weight. he lost his last 3 fights to world class boxers in grant, takam, & pianeta. he was winning the grant fight until a 12th rd right…

Comment by chocolate on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=joe strong;12630263]botha still can go 12 round rounds regardless of his age & weight. he lost his last 3 fights to world class boxers in grant, takam, & pianeta. he was winning the grant fight until a 12th rd right…

Comment by joe strong on 10-23-2012

botha still can go 12 round rounds regardless of his age & weight. he lost his last 3 fights to world class boxers in grant, takam, & pianeta. he was winning the grant fight until a 12th rd right knocked…

Comment by Someone88 on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=Capaedia;12629138]I want him to stick to his own sport. I am also tired of seeing 40 year old has-beens being legitimized by prospects.[/QUOTE] Ok but Sonny Bill is still taking a harder fight than most other prospects would, sure he's…

Comment by dan649 on 10-23-2012

[QUOTE=Someone88;12629108]Fighting Botha is a step up for Sonny Bill, I think this fight may let him decide if he wants to take Boxing more seriously.[/QUOTE] agreed. This is a step up but anything would be after the last few. I…

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