Two rounds knocked off as out-on-his-feet Williams controversially beats Botha

Part-time fighter and New Zealand rugby star Sonny Bill Williams scored the best win over his pro career so far, although the 27 year-old left the ring to boos at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre.

Williams seemed to be outfoxed by wily veteran Botha and looked out on his feet towards the end of the contest, but emerged with a 97-91 (twice), 98-94 victory on the three cards.

Amazingly, referee Tony Kettlewell called the tenth round the last of a scheduled WBA International title twelve-rounder, overshadowing the decision, as Williams looked ripe for knockout by the South African.

Former multi-time world title challenger Botha, 44, can feel hard done by on all sides as Williams, even with a points deduction for holding, moves to 6-0 with three stoppages and ‘The White Buffalo’ drops to 48-9-3.