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Sonny Boy Williams-Francois Botha in Play For 11/17

South African veteran Francois Botha will be Sonny Bill Williams' next boxing opponent, according to a newspaper report.

Departing All Black Sonny Bill Williams will contest a heavyweight boxing fight in South Africa in November, according to media reports.

South African newspaper Beeld reported Williams will fight heavyweight Francois Botha on November 17 in Durban.

Speculation has long surrounded the prospect of a fight against 43-year-old professional Botha, known as the "White Buffalo".

Boxing promoter Thinus Strydom told the newspaper final details around the fight had been completed this week.

Botha is a hardened boxer, having compiled a record of 48 wins from 58 fights, including 29 knockouts.

Opponents have included Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson, Michael Moorer, Axel Schulz and Wladimir Klitschko.

Williams is comparatively new to boxing but holds the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association heavyweight title after beating American Clarence Tillman III in Hamilton in February.

After starring in the Chiefs' victorious Super Rugby campaign this year, Williams will farewell New Zealand with two All Blacks Tests, starting with Saturday night's Bledisloe Cup match in Sydney.

He leaves next month to begin a lucrative stint with the Panasonic Wild Knights club in Japan and will return to rugby league in the NRL next year

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ddangerous on 08-18-2012

Massive respect to Williams for this one. High rish, MASSIVE reward. Good luck! :cool2:

Comment by Someone88 on 08-18-2012

I'm not sure if Sonny Bill would do this but maybe he wants to see how he'd do

Comment by dan_cov on 08-18-2012

If this is true I've got to give Sonny Bill Williams massive props. The thought of a 5 fight novice with no amateur boxing experience fighting though an old & faded, Francois Botha is absolutely crazy! Gotta go with Botha…

Comment by joe strong on 08-18-2012

botha has always been one of my favorites....

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