South Africa boxing promoters still seek rugby player fight


By Gerald Imray ,AP

JOHANNESBURG — Boxing promoters Golden Gloves are still interested in having All Blacks utility Sonny Bill Williams fight in South Africa and on Tuesday offered him other slots after a proposed June date clashed with rugby. Golden Gloves could host a Williams fight in September or November, publicist and former world champion Brian Mitchell told The Associated Press. “We’d love to have him come out to South Africa to show us his boxing skills as well as his rugby skills,” Mitchell said after an initial June 16 date coincided with a New Zealand rugby test against Ireland. There hadn’t been talks with Williams’ management, former WBA and IBF super featherweight titleholder Mitchell said, but “this is an invitation for them to get in contact.” Golden Gloves earlier tweeted: “Was always aware SonnyBWilliams has a rugby date June 16. No matter. We also have major Super 8 bills in Sept & November. Come on over, SBW.” Williams has been allowed to pursue a boxing career through a clause in his rugby contract and won the vacant New Zealand heavyweight title in February with a first-round stoppage of American Clarence Tillman III. Williams has played 14 tests for the All Blacks and has a professional boxing record of 5-0, all against tomato cans. Mitchell said even though the Super 8 bills on Sept. 22 and Nov. 10 were cruiserweight tournaments, Golden Gloves would find Williams a fight on the card at heavyweight. Mitchell said it was too soon to talk about an opponent.