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Sonny-Bill offered a fight in SA

All Black Sonny-Bill Williams has been made an offer to fight in a boxing tournament in South Africa on June 16.

"Yes it is true, we have been speaking to Sonny-Bill," Golden Gloves representative and former champion Brian Mitchell said on Monday.

"We have given him an offer to fight in the country on June 16. We are waiting for his representatives to get back to us."

The World Cup-winning All Black three-quarter and former rugby league player is also the New Zealand heavyweight boxing champion.

According to Golden Gloves, Williams has shown an interest to fight in South Africa. The promoters are hoping to have him on their cruiserweight Super 8 bill on Youth Day.

"He certainly is a big character; there is certainly a lot of talk and interest in him," Mitchell said.

"It would be nice to have Williams come down to the country. We are hoping that he will," Mitchell said.

Williams, 26, has had five professional bouts. He won all of them -- three by technical knockout -- since his professional debut in 2009.

One of the SA boxers that could be considered to meet Williams is Danie Venter.

However, Venter may also be preparing to fight in a lower division in the Super 8 series, which offers good incentives for the boxers.

The winner of the cruiserweight tournament stands to pocket R500 000 and a place in an international Super 8 tournament in 2013.

"We will still have to negotiate that as soon as we get Williams," said Mitchell. "His opponent could be somebody international, but we hope it will be somebody from South Africa."


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