Sonny Bill Williams fancies another bout

After initially declaring his appearance in the ring on Wednesday night would be a one-off, Sonny Bill Williams plans to fight again on another Anthony Mundine undercard to promote the WBA's KO to Drugs campaign.

Williams, who was being referred to as "Big Choc" in the Mundine camp after his stylish debut against Kiwi street brawler Gary "The Baboon" Gurr at Brisbane Entertainment Centre, had only six weeks preparation for the fight while playing rugby union in France but said he intended to continue boxing training.

"I feel like I could have done a lot better than I did, and if the KO to Drugs is on again next year, I definitely want to be a part of it," Williams told the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday.

SMASHED HIM BRO: Sonny Bill Williams closes in on Gary Gurr during their bout in Sydney.
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SMASHED HIM BRO: Sonny Bill Williams closes in on Gary Gurr during their bout in Sydney.

"I just think if I train for a bit longer than I did that I have a lot of room for improvement."

Entering the ring to a traditional Samoan tune used by WBO super-middleweight champion Maselino Masoe when he won his title in Germany earlier this year, Williams said he had been more nervous than he usually would be before most matches he played in the NRL or since switching to rugby union. But he quickly settled in and stopped Gurr midway through the second round.

"It's more nerve-racking than footy because I didn't know what to expect, and you're in there by yourself," he said.

"I know how to prepare my body on game day to a tee so that I am peaking when I get on the field but that was a whole new experience for me.

"It was crazy but it was fun. To my left there was all these guys standing up and giving me the fingers, and when I went around the other side of the ring there were all of these people jumping up and down and screaming at me. The guy I fought wasn't anything special but I was still anxious.

"I feel I could have have moved around a bit better and threw my jab out a bit quicker, but I was just nervous. As the fight went on I got a lot more confident and I started to feel better with every punch. I really enjoyed the experience, and it was cool to be part of Choc's big night and to see him get up for his third world title."

Williams had been on hand when Masoe beat Hungary's Karoly Balzsay in April, and he returned the favour on Wednesday night.

Also in Williams's corner for the fight were Masoe's brother, former All Black Chris Masoe, and the former Bulldogs star's Toulon teammates Mafileo Kefu and Fotunuupule Auelua.


Sydney Morning Herald