THE biggest challenge in Sonny Bill Williams’ fledgling boxing career has been set down for November 24 in Brisbane.
Williams will take on South African veteran Francois Botha, who has twice previously fought for world titles.
Botha has 48 wins and eight defeats, and lost both his world title bouts against Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko.
He is past his best at 44, but the “White Buffalo” will still pose a stern challenge for Williams, having also fought the likes of Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield.
“He’s going to have a rude awakening but it will make him a better fighter in the future,” Fairfax NZ reported Botha as saying recently.
“Sonny Bill Williams might be a good rugby player but I don’t see him as a good boxer. He doesn’t belong in the boxing ring. He should go play rugby.
“He’s just starting out his career. He’s taking a big step up. It’s a big risk.”