Sonny Bill’s next boxing opponent is disabled

The professional boxing career of All Blacks rugby star Sonny
Bill Williams faces a new credibility test after revelations his
next opponent is on welfare for a disability which prevents him
from working.

Williams will face 43-year-old Tongan gospel singer Alipate
Liava’a in a six-round heavyweight bout in Auckland on Sunday.
Liava’a is now being investigated by New Zealand welfare
authorities as he claims he can’t find a job because he has tennis

Sunday’s bout will be the fourth of Williams’ professional
career and follows fights with a New Zealand nightclub bouncer and
an Australian forklift driver.

Liava’a stands to earn 6,000 New Zealand dollars ($4,900) from
the fight and intends to use the money to finance an album of
gospel songs.