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No Christmas for Sonny Bill's opponent

James Mortimer

James Mortimer     20 Dec 2012     James Mortimer

Williams, who won a Rugby World Cup and Investec Super Rugby title before heading to Panasonic in Japan, has been out of action recently with a chest injury.

This forced Williams to postpone his next professional fight, and first as New Zealand Heavyweight champion.

With Williams an official titleholder, and Botha a ranked fighter, the world’s boxing associations will take notice and the South African known as the ‘White Buffalo’ feels this could be his second big chance.

Williams and Botha will fight in Brisbane in February, the same time Reds and Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper will make his boxing debut.

"I want to win this fight and then we'll see what the WBA will line up for me," Botha said.

"This will be a WBA International title bout so there's plenty at stake and it could propel my career back into the big time.

"I've cancelled all plans for vacationing over the festive period so that I will arrive in Aussie in great shape. I've already lost eight kilos and that gives one an idea of how hard I've been training."

Williams meanwhile is making better than expected progress and could again line up for the Wild Knights as they look to the Japanese Top League Finals.