Williams to return to the ring
April 6, 2011
Sonny Bill Williams has won all three of his professional boxing bouts to date © Getty Images
All Blacks ace Sonny Bill Williams has confirmed that he will fight again before the end of the Super rugby season.
The 25-year-old centre, who has won his three previous professional bouts, will return to the ring at Waitakere's Trusts Stadium on June 6 - a bye week for the Crusaders - against an as yet unconfirmed opponent.
"I'm not a world beater at this stage." Williams said. "I will definitely be in the ring with someone who could knock me out."
The fight has been labelled as the "Clash for Canterbury" as Williams will donate NZ$100,000 of his purse to victims of the earthquake which devastated Christchurch earlier this year.
"I'm blessed to be able to make a good earning as a sportsman," the former rugby league star said. "I want to help the hardships people have gone through. This (donation) is a no-brainer for me. I feel morally obliged. I didn't come from much and I feel blessed to be where I am now."
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The Monday Maul turns its attention to drunken nights out, a blunt-talking coach, hidden agendas and crooked feeds
As if beating the Springboks and Pumas on their home turf is not onerous enough Australia, it also involves a road trip from hell writes Greg Growden
He teed up Obolensky's try, fought in Burma and played cricket for Warwickshire - we Rewind to look at the story of Peter Cranmer
With the World Cup just a year away, Tom Hamilton picks out five matches to ensure you have tickets for