Lopsided Fights for Footballers at Footy Show Fight Night

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The fighting footballer farce continues …

Footballing legend turned part-time boxer Sonny Bill Williams is slated to fight an aging, pudgy journeyman for the Footy Show Fight Night at Sydney Olympic Park’s All Phones Arena, on January 31.

Chauncy Welliver has had 70 fights, won 55 of them drawn five and lost 10.

Williams says his opponent was at one time world ranked. But he neglected to add that was more than four years ago. For Welliver the fight is a much needed payday. For Williams it will be little more than another sparring session.

Williams has fought professionally only six times, with the only real match being against a semi-retired Francios Botha (See Youtube fight here).

And it ended in a complete farce:

With only three months training Botha was stiff competition for Williams. The dual international footballer was seriously tiring as the fight progressed. Each round his South African opponent was becoming more dominant – scoring more and harder shots. The fight was scheduled to go the mandatory twelve rounds but inexplicably the referee called a halt to the fight at the end of round ten!

Had things continued, boxing experts agree, Williams would have been knocked-out.

Barely able to stand, Williams was awarded the bout on points.

The Williams camp said both fighters had agreed to fight only ten rounds. The ringside judges and fans, however, hadn’t been notified. Betting agencies had to refund millions of dollars and the sport of boxing received another black eye.

Williams has been training with the Mundine camp (itself no stranger to fighting mismatches and benefiting from seriously flawed sporting decisions) in New Zealand.

The fight will be broadcast live on free-to-air television channel Nine.

Aside from Williams, Cronulla and NSW Captain Paul Gallen is riding high after winning by default against another footballer with drugs in his past, Anthony Watts (watch Youtube highlights here). He will have another easy fight against Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Brown and All Black Liam Messam will probably fight someone from the crowd.

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