By Lee Stace
SONNY BILL Williams’ fight against Alipate Liava’a this Sunday is shaping as a one-sided bout.
The All Blacks and Crusaders midfielder spoke about wanting to fight quality opponents in the squared circle. Fair enough. He’s an athlete and, as such, wants to prove himself against the best.
However, Liava’a is hardly someone you would class as prime cattle. If anything, he would be described as a good old-fashioned ham-and-egger.
The 43-year-old Tongan has more rolls than a bakery and has lost his last seven fights. What’s more, it was also revealed on the 3 News last night that he has been receiving a sickness benefit from Work and Income for an injured elbow that prevents him from earning a living. (Don’t worry, though. He assured us he can still throw punches.)
Talk about a PR disaster. If the humanoids had doubts about shelling out to watch this fight beforehand, there’s no chance they will part way with their hard-earned cash now.
As for the bout, this is how it will play out: Williams will mop the floor with Liava’a and, after securing his fourth win as a ‘professional’ boxer, will kindly donate $100,000 of his purse to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal (a kind gesture, it must be said).
On a positive note, at least SBW’s good mate Anthony Mundine is fighting in the main event. Say what you will about ‘The Man’ as a person, but at least he has fought some credible boxers over the years.
Sadly the same thing cannot be said for Williams.
What do you think?
With the series level, expect both teams to put it all on the line as they seek to win the deciding test in Sydney on Saturday night.