Sonny Bill Williams: Knuckling down

By Paul Thomas In Sport

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Last week’s Sonny Bill Williams-Frans Botha fight was boxing at its best and worst: a riveting contest bookended by farce. It began with the sort of low-level weirdness we’ve come to associate with these evenings. Ring announcers make a living from being preposterous (a handsome one in the case of American Michael Buffer, who parlayed his catchphrase “Let’s get ready to rumble” into a $400 million fortune), but one still expects them to get fighters’ names right. The announcer at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre contradicted his insistence that SBW needed no introduction by ...

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