All Blacks center Williams wins 4th bout
All Blacks center Sonny Bill Williams maintained an unbeaten
start to his professional boxing career when he won an unanimous
points decision over Tongan Alipate Liava’a in a six-round
heavyweight contest on Sunday.
Williams has now won all four of his professional bouts, though
none has been against a recognized opponent. The 43-year-old
Liava’a gave 18 years as well as height, reach and weight to the
25-year-old Williams and never seriously challenged his younger
Controversy surrounded the bout when it was revealed that
Liava’a, who hopes to embark on a professional career as a gospel
singer, is receiving a disability pension for an elbow injury.
All Blacks coach Graham Henry was at ringside and said he was
happy that Williams, a likely member of his World Cup squad,
”hardly got hit.”