Francois Botha bout may be last for Williams

LIAM NAPIER
Last updated 05:00 27/01/2013
Sonny Bill Williams
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WORKOUT: Sonny Bill Williams in training for his fight against Francois Botha in Brisbane on February 8.

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Sonny Bill Williams has revealed that he will quit boxing if he gets knocked out by Francois Botha.

After just five professional fights, Williams' quest for boxing credibility reaches a crossroads when he takes on the South African in Brisbane on February 8.

A veteran of 60 pro fights and having been in the ring with Mike Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield, Botha is a risky opponent for Williams at this stage of his fledgling career.

Victory against Botha would boost his boxing profile internationally but the dual-code superstar revealed that defeat will see him throw in the towel and concentrate on his return to the NRL with the Sydney Roosters next month and his long-term footballing career.

"If I get knocked out then that will probably be the end," Williams said yesterday.

"Right now I can see myself doing boxing fulltime in the future, but for that to come to fruition I need to fight guys like this and beat them, otherwise it's a waste of time.

"If this doesn't go too well I could just stay in one sport.

"If I lose this fight I will definitely be upset because I know it will probably be the end of it.

"And if I win, then it opens doors." FULL SBW INTERVIEW / Sport, page 10

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