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Ex-All Black Williams a doubt for Botha fight

A pectoral injury could rule Sonny Bill Williams out of his heavyweight boxing bout against Francois Botha next month.

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FORMER ALL BLACKS star Sonny Bill Williams says his heavyweight boxing bout against South African Francois Botha is in doubt after he picked up an injury playing rugby in Japan.

Williams, who quit world champions New Zealand to take up a club contract in Japan in August, injured his pectoral muscle playing for the Panasonic Wild Knights on Saturday.

He arrived in Sydney on Tuesday to prepare for the Botha fight next month but said he needed to have scans on the injury before deciding whether he went ahead with the bout.

“At the moment, it (the fight) is a little bit in doubt,” Williams told Fox Sports at Sydney airport.

“I just came back here straight away…. I’ve got to get some scans and see how the pec is, see the extent of the injury.”

Williams, the New Zealand heavyweight champion, is set to take on 44-year-old veteran Botha in Brisbane on 24 November.

Williams, who is on a contract to play 12 matches for Panasonic worth a reported US$1.2 million, crunched his shoulder attempting a tackle on former Western Force centre Gene Fairbanks during Saturday’s match.

- © AFP, 2012

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