South Africa's love affair with SBW to continue?

James Mortimer

James Mortimer     19 Aug 2012     James Mortimer

While Williams was with the Chiefs in Bloemfontein and Durban earlier in the Investec Super Rugby season, his announcement to head to Japan meant that they were the last rugby matches the fans in the Republic would get to see Sonny Bill feature.

However it appears the stars other code, boxing, will bring Williams back to Durban in late November, with South African papers Die Burger and the Beeld saying that he will fight his sixth match against SA born heavyweight Francois Botha.
It confirms that the Panasonic Wild Knights will allow Williams to box during his stint there, while reports in Australia media suggest it is a stipulation for a potential league contract.

United States based Botha is known as 'The White Buffalo', and has faced Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko, Evander Holyfield, Michael Grant and Michael Moorer in the ring.

There has been the hint of a rivalry between the two already.

He said that Williams was an easy win, saying that he could beat him during the half-time of a rugby match, after the All Blacks back won the New Zealand heavyweight title in February after beating Clarence Tillman III in Hamilton.

Fourty-three-year-old Botha started his professional career in 1990, and has won 48 from 58, with 29 knockouts, and is a former WBF champion.

Williams will play in his 18th test tonight at second five-eighth, and is likely to play again versus the Wallabies in the return match at Eden Park next weekend.

He has won five from five in his short boxing career.