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Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Sonny Bill Williams and Clarence Tillman III brawl at weigh-in

Sonny Bill Williams has hit the headlines again following an altercation with his next boxing opponent, Clarence Tillman III. The scuffle broke out at their weigh-in ahead of Wednesday night's clash for the vacant New Zealand Heavyweight title.

Williams and Tillman faced off in Hamilton ahead of the fight that came about after Williams' planned opponent, Richard Tutaki, was scratched from the fight following an arrest on various charges.

The All Black center is looking to gain some respect following a string of questionable fights. This will be his fifth as a professional boxer, with his last fight being against 43 year old Alipate Liava'a.

Williams and Tillman came to blows after some verbal sparring sparked a shove, then quick right from the big American. Williams' brother John tackled him off to the side, squashing trainer Anthony Mundine in the process, as Liam Messam watched on. 

"It’s pretty below the belt, but that’s all good," said Williams.

"He’s the one talking it up at the press conference. We should leave it all in the ring tomorrow, but obviously there is other things on his mind and he wants to bring the fight right now. If he’d wanted to, we could have got it on right now. Just adds a bit more spice to it, doesn’t it?

"I didn’t feel nothing man," Williams insisted, despite footage showing that the Tillman shot landed.

Was this a real altercation, or just another publicity stunt to hype up a fight?

Update: Watch what happened here

Posted by Rugbydump at 10:48 am | View Comments (20)

Posted in Big Hits & Dirty Play

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Pretzel February 07, 2012 1:54 pm

Williams threw the first "punch,"

Tillman obviously started the whole thing by pushing him...

I'm sure "Allah the merciful" will guide SBW.... ¬_¬

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Pretzel February 07, 2012 1:54 pm

Actually, go ahead and remove that comment... ^^^

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Pretzel February 07, 2012 1:54 pm

Actually, go ahead and remove that comment... ^^^ and this...

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AussieJohn February 07, 2012 3:56 pm

Bit of a handbag shuffle, if you ask me.

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cheyanqui February 07, 2012 4:22 pm

Pretty tame exchange in my opinion -- if anything, as illustrated by the lack of "bru" and "cuzzie" exclamations. Scoring at home, I added up 1 Bru, 0 Cuzzie.

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D-Matt February 07, 2012 7:07 pm

That is comedy. SBW should rather focus on rugby.

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DaRab February 07, 2012 8:20 pm

I think RugbyDump should heed your advice too.

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Jimothy February 07, 2012 9:06 pm

It's pretty clear from the title that this clip wasn't going to be about rugby. Not interested...don't watch. It's a free world!

I for one RD find things like this interesting so thanks for the post.

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Spence February 07, 2012 7:58 pm

I know it was a cheap shot but old SBW looked rather wonky with one on the chin

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Stubby February 08, 2012 3:36 pm

but Clarence was wonky after he got hit in the match. SBW FTW

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Richard February 07, 2012 9:14 pm

So typical to see Sbw fighting some fat hack. Everyone of his fights is fixed. With the brains trust of anthony mundine in his corner, it's going to be real
Boxing match not a brawl I'm sure.

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cheyanqui February 08, 2012 1:24 am

I'm confused. Are you saying that in the past his fights were questionable, and now more legit, or are you saying that anything associated with Mundine is questionable?

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patedelievre February 07, 2012 11:30 pm

well guys for all of u who're not interested, just know some of us actually are! I'd also like to see his combat. If you like rugby, you're probably real guys who like combat, as rugby is a combat sport. so...I mean, RD is not turning into sth else: it's still about a rugby legend! more interesting thant those O2 inside line jokes anyway dont u think?

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D-Matt February 08, 2012 2:00 am

Come on...a rugby legend ?

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Tibo February 08, 2012 3:01 pm

Moar gay than anything else if u ask me :/
SBW is a joke - he should focus on Rugby. Did Jean-Marc Mormec try squash for the glory ?
Come on Sonny Bill… grow up dude.

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Pretzel February 08, 2012 4:35 pm

Ok, like or hate SBW (I dislike him) he is a finely tuned athlete... he is strong, and has good endurance i.e he is fit... look at the other guy... he looks like he would be out of breath running to the microwave when it dings....

I'm not trying to take anything away from SBW (well not really...) but why is he fighting non tuned looking people....

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Sankeor February 08, 2012 11:12 pm

I'd like to see SBW vs. Sebastien Chabal. He may not be an amazing boxer (I've no idea), but I've heard a story about him knocking out Brahim Asloum in a night club, with a single punch. Even though Asloum is a light flyweight, I'm sure a good old punch from Chabal wouldn't do much good to SBW.

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Michael February 09, 2012 8:16 pm

It actually looked like he caught Sonny Bill and rocked him a bit!

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