Sonny Bill wins Kiwi heavyweight boxing title
All Blacks rugby star Sonny Bill Williams won the vacant New
Zealand heavyweight boxing title on Wednesday, beating New
Zealand-based American fighter Clarence Tillman III by technical
knockout in the first round.
Williams took only 2 minutes, 54 seconds to stop the 34-year-old
Tillman and remain unbeaten in five professional fights.
There was some ill feeling between the two after Tillman punched
Williams at a news conference.
Tillman was the first serious test of Williams’ boxing ability,
as his previous opponents had included a nightclub bouncer, a
digger driver and a 43-year-old gospel singer.
Williams has a clause in his All Blacks contract that allows him
to fight and he said he is eager for another bout this year.