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All Black to box professionally
Sonny Bill Williams preparing for third professional boxing bout
Posted Dec 15, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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England were introduced to his awesome power and strength in the Autumn Tests, now All Black Sonny Bill Williams is set to re-enter the boxing ring in a bid to push himself even further.
The 25-year-old man mountain has played both strands of professional rugby for New Zealand and is hoping to feature in the union World Cup in his homeland next year. But before that, he wants to take himself out of his comfort zone and return to the world of professional boxing, instead of taking a holiday!
He has fought professionally twice before, stopping both his fellow countrymen, Garry Gurr and Ryan Hogan, in the first round. He will now face 36-year-old forklift driver, Scott Lewis, from Australia in Newcastle, Australia on January 29th next year.
He’s quoted as saying: “I want to push myself, take myself out of my comfort zone instead of just having a holiday. I feel that off the field it’s doing wonders for me. I have put myself in different situations to get that edge, to keep myself in contention for that All Blacks jersey.”
And he’s certainly doing that. It’s not often a professional athlete will put himself in this kind of situation, especially as his league season with Crusaders starts three weeks after the fight.
And it’s rare that a national governing body will allow one of its finest athletes to take part in such a dangerous sport but the New Zealand Rugby Union are happy to do just that. It is their policy of only selecting domestically-based players for the national side and this, coupled with the offer of allowing Williams to box, was what secured his signature.
The former Toulon star will certainly be happy with his decision to return home now and January 29th will definitely be a date worth remembering next year.