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.