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Sonny Bill Williams Has No Fear of Botha Risk Factor

Sonny Bill Williams says his dramatic improvement in boxing has surprised himself and made him take the "massive risk" of fighting former world title challenger Frans Botha on Friday night in Brisbane.

Williams (5-0, 3 KOs) faces the "White Buffalo" at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre in a 12-round contest for the WBA international title - which will give the winner entry into the top 15 of this governing body.

"Before (the last fight) I didn't think I had too much ability," Williams says.

"I just tried to use my athleticism.

"It was a real eye-opener. I just seemed to pick it up.

"It surprises the heck out of me. Boxing's not in my blood.

"My old man probably threw a couple of overhand rights in the pub but that was it.

"It's a massive risk but its massive reward as well."

Williams said he'd always put himself out of his comfort zone during his career and at 27, this fight would determine his future as a boxer.

"If I want it to come the fruition - the dream of doing this in the future - I need to do this."

Williams credits Tony Mundine with developing his ring acumen but, after his manager Khoder Nasser's fall-out with Anthony Mundine prompted a change of cornerman, the former All Black says his improvement has continued under the tutelage of Mick Akkaway.

"We sought out Mick's help and it has grown from there," Williams says. My confidence has grown. That's why we're stepping up in calibre of fighter."

The Sydney Roosters star has battled through a pectoral injury, which delayed the bout from its original November date, and admits his training has been hampered slightly, but insists he is now fully fit.

After attacking Williams' credibility yesterday, Botha (48-8-3, 29 KOs) was in far more polite mode insisting the movement of rugby players such as Williams and Quade Cooper into boxing is beneficial to pugilism.

"I wish more sportsman would come into the boxing arena," Botha says.

"It is really reviving boxing."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Tonyu on 02-06-2013

I have seen Botha fight live - he is a Bum - I don't know much about Sonny's boxing skills but if he can't stop Botha then he should not even consider going any further unless he wants to become…

Comment by ddangerous on 02-06-2013

Sonny Bill Williams lacing them up has certainly revived boxing for me. :cool2:

Comment by joe strong on 02-06-2013

[QUOTE=Thickear;13000783]This meaningless fight has been flagged up on here for weeks as though it were some kind of title fight - and now apparently, IT IS. Life just keeps on getting funnier and sadder all the time.[/QUOTE]the winner of this…

Comment by Young Money on 02-06-2013

[QUOTE=The Weebler II;13000788]Botha says his own amateur son could beat Williams. In theory he should spark Williams like a boxer would spark an MMA fighter.[/QUOTE] In theory yes. The odds have Botha paying 2-1, very tempted to put a bet…

Comment by Malius on 02-06-2013

If Botha wins I will die with a smile on my face, if it is a KO my heart my explode from the happiness.

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