Sonny Bill Williams hamstrung on eve of fight

Sonny Bill Williams and Scott Lewis hug it out.
Sonny Bill Williams and Scott Lewis hug it out.
Sonny Bill Williams poses after a press conference at Tony Mundine Gym.
Sonny Bill Williams poses after a press conference at Tony Mundine Gym.
Sonny-Bill Williams connects with an uppercut during the heavyweight exhibition fight between Sonny-Bill Williams and Gary Gurr.
Sonny-Bill Williams connects with an uppercut during the heavyweight exhibition fight between Sonny-Bill Williams and Gary Gurr.
Gary Gurr throws a left jab during the heavyweight exhibition fight between Sonny Bill Williams and Gary Gurr at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Gary Gurr throws a left jab during the heavyweight exhibition fight between Sonny Bill Williams and Gary Gurr at Brisbane Entertainment Centre.
Sonny Bill Williams poses on the scales at the official weigh-in against Ryan Hogan in the under card to the Anthony Mundine and Jorge Miranda fight.
Sonny Bill Williams poses on the scales at the official weigh-in against Ryan Hogan in the under card to the Anthony Mundine and Jorge Miranda fight.
Sonny-Bill Williams throws a left jab during the heavyweight exhibition fight between Sonny Bill Williams and Gary Gurr.
Sonny-Bill Williams throws a left jab during the heavyweight exhibition fight between Sonny Bill Williams and Gary Gurr.
Sonny Bill Williams knocks out Ryan Hogan.
Sonny Bill Williams knocks out Ryan Hogan.
Sonny Bill Williams throws a punch at  Ryan Hogan.
Sonny Bill Williams throws a punch at Ryan Hogan.
Forklift driver Scott Lewis connects with a left to the cheek of Sonny Bill Williams.
Forklift driver Scott Lewis connects with a left to the cheek of Sonny Bill Williams.
Opening up, Sonny Bill Williams looks to use his reach advantage against Scott Lewis.
Opening up, Sonny Bill Williams looks to use his reach advantage against Scott Lewis.
Scott Lewis puts up his defence as Sonny Bill Williams looks to attack.
Scott Lewis puts up his defence as Sonny Bill Williams looks to attack.
Scott Lewis glances Sonny Bill Williams with a punch.
Scott Lewis glances Sonny Bill Williams with a punch.
Picking a new tune on his iPod, Sonny Bill Williams relaxes before his fight.
Picking a new tune on his iPod, Sonny Bill Williams relaxes before his fight.
Sonny Bill Williams stretches in the locker room ahead of his third professional bout.
Sonny Bill Williams stretches in the locker room ahead of his third professional bout.
Sonny Bill Williams stretches before his bout with Scott Lewis.
Sonny Bill Williams stretches before his bout with Scott Lewis.

On the eve of his New Zealand heavyweight title fight tomorrow night, Sonny Bill Williams has revealed he suffered a hamstring tear training under the former Sydney Roosters sprint coach Roger Fabri.

While Williams insists the injury has not hampered his preparations for the bout against the former NFL hopeful Clarence Tillman, news that he had been training under Fabri will only heighten speculation he is set to join the Roosters next season. Fabri has teamed up with the Roosters' captain, Braith Anasta, to establish the Speed Agility Academy and he trains a number of players from the Bondi club.

Parramatta duo Reni Maitua and Willie Tonga, who played alongside Williams at the Bulldogs and remain close friends of the World Cup winning All Black, also do sprint training under Fabri.

BRAVING SCOTLAND: All Blacks Hosea Gear and Sonny-Bill Williams walk through the streets of Edinburgh after a recovery session ahead of the test against Scotland.
BRAVING SCOTLAND: All Blacks Hosea Gear and Sonny-Bill Williams walk through the streets of Edinburgh after a recovery session ahead of the test against Scotland.
IT'S A GOAL: All Blacks Sonny Bill Williams and Ma'a Nonu celebrate after Nonu scored a goal in a game of indoor football during a recovery session in Edinburgh during the team's buildup a test against Scotland.
IT'S A GOAL: All Blacks Sonny Bill Williams and Ma'a Nonu celebrate after Nonu scored a goal in a game of indoor football during a recovery session in Edinburgh during the team's buildup a test against Scotland.
MAKING A BUST: Sonny-Bill Williams leaves England's Shontayne Hape and Mike Tindall behind as he makes a break during the All Blacks win over England at Twickenham.
MAKING A BUST: Sonny-Bill Williams leaves England's Shontayne Hape and Mike Tindall behind as he makes a break during the All Blacks win over England at Twickenham.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Sonny-Bill Williams during an All Blacks training session ahead of their test against England at Twickenham.
PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Sonny-Bill Williams during an All Blacks training session ahead of their test against England at Twickenham.
AND STRETCH: Sonny-Bill Williams stretches out during an All Blacks training session ahead of their test against England at Twickenham.
AND STRETCH: Sonny-Bill Williams stretches out during an All Blacks training session ahead of their test against England at Twickenham.
CONVERTS: Ex-rugby league stars Sonny-Bill Williams and Brad Thorn joke around during the Captain's Run before the All Blacks test against England at Twickenham.
CONVERTS: Ex-rugby league stars Sonny-Bill Williams and Brad Thorn joke around during the Captain's Run before the All Blacks test against England at Twickenham.
SHIELD WIN: Sonny-Bill Williams (right) celebrates after winning the Ranfurly Shield with Canterbury against Southland.
SHIELD WIN: Sonny-Bill Williams (right) celebrates after winning the Ranfurly Shield with Canterbury against Southland.
SMILE-BILL WILLIAMS: All Black Sonny-Bill Williams fronts a media conference at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London, as the team prepares to play England.
SMILE-BILL WILLIAMS: All Black Sonny-Bill Williams fronts a media conference at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London, as the team prepares to play England.
TOUGH WORK: All Black Sonny-Bill Williams fronts a media conference at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London, as the team prepares to play England.
TOUGH WORK: All Black Sonny-Bill Williams fronts a media conference at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London, as the team prepares to play England.
SPARKLING: All Black Sonny-Bill Williams fronts a media conference at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London, as the team prepares to play England.
SPARKLING: All Black Sonny-Bill Williams fronts a media conference at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London, as the team prepares to play England.
AUTUMN LEAVES: Sonny Bill Williams enjoys the autumn colours in Kensington Park beside the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
AUTUMN LEAVES: Sonny Bill Williams enjoys the autumn colours in Kensington Park beside the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
STEPPING OUT: Sonny Bill Williams enjoys the autumn colours in Kensington Park beside the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
STEPPING OUT: Sonny Bill Williams enjoys the autumn colours in Kensington Park beside the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
THE THINKER: Sonny Bill Williams fronts the media at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
THE THINKER: Sonny Bill Williams fronts the media at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
ARMED: Sonny Bill Williams fronts the media at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.
ARMED: Sonny Bill Williams fronts the media at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, High Street, London where the All Blacks are staying before playing the English rugby team at Twickenham.

''I always wanted to do a bit of pure speed training and Reni and Willie said he was all right so I did some work with him,'' Williams said.

''I hadn't done speed work since I was 18 so it was good but I went a bit too hard one day after 10 rounds of sparring the night before and pulled my hammy.

''When I was in Sydney I was doing a bit of speed during the day because it was relevant to my rugby and at night I would do boxing.''

Sonny Bill Williams works the big bag during a sparring session
Sonny Bill Williams works the big bag during a sparring session
Sonny Bill Williams poses after a sparring session in Auckland.
Sonny Bill Williams poses after a sparring session in Auckland.
Sonny Bill Williams helped at a sparring session by former Australian boxing great Tony Mundine, father of Anthony Mundine.
Sonny Bill Williams helped at a sparring session by former Australian boxing great Tony Mundine, father of Anthony Mundine.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.
Sonny Bill Williams at the Hamilton's Claudelands Events centre, announcing his return to boxing.

Williams, who quit the Bulldogs to play rugby four years ago, is contracted to the NZRU until the end of the season and will play super rugby for the Chiefs.

''The coaching staff and everyone at the Chiefs have been really understanding and great as to what I need to do for training and things like that,'' Williams said.

PUNCHING ON: Sonny Bill Williams is confident he will be at full fitness for his heavyweight title fight against Clarence Tillman on Wednesday.
PUNCHING ON: Sonny Bill Williams is confident he will be at full fitness for his heavyweight title fight against Clarence Tillman on Wednesday.

Sydney Morning Herald