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All Black to Fight for National Title

World Cup winner to contest heavyweight title fight

Posted Dec 13, 2011 by Chris White

Sonny Bill Williams won the World Cup with New Zealand earlier this year

World Cup winning New Zealand winger Sonny Bill Williams is to fight for the national heavyweight title in the fifth fight of his part-time boxing career.

The 26-year old who was part of the squad who won this year’s World Cup on home soil, takes on Richard Tutaki on 8th February. Williams has a 100% record from his four previous fights, while Tutaki in comparison, has had 41 fights, winning 19 and losing 21.

As part of his New Zealand Rugby Union contract, Williams is allowed to take part in a limited number of fights, with his last two going the full six-round distance, something that hasn’t concerned the All Black. “After the last fight I said to my manager that I wanted to try and step up in class,” he said. “I was offered the chance to fight for the belt and it’s not every day you get that opportunity.”

His latest fight against Tutaki, will take place just three weeks before he is scheduled to make his debut for Waikato Chiefs in the Super 15 competition.

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