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SPECTACULAR!!! SUBARU SPECIALIST NORTH CITY AUTOMOTIVE • WoF • Service • repairS 10B Wall Place, Porirua • 232 0271 2308970AA Sonny Bill blind to boxing buffoonery SPORTS TALK JOSEPH ROMANOS Boxing is fast going the way of professional wrestling, and Sonny Bill Williams is hastening the slide. Professional wrestling was once a serious, competitive sport. By the 1930s it was resorting to gim- mickry, though many wrestlers, such as Earl McCready and Lofty Blomfield, were talented athletes. These days professional wres- tling is a joke in which any pub- licity stunt that generates media attention and draws spectators is acceptable. Boxing's situation is almost as dire. For decades the sport at the top level in the United States was plagued by mafia involvement, with fixed fights set up by crooked organisations. Now there are other problems. Heavyweight title fights over the past two decades have fea- tured a man who paraglided into the ring during a bout, the infa- mous Mike Tyson ear-biting of Evander Holyfield, Oliver McCall's nervous breakdown against Lennox Lewis and Andrew Golota's disqualification for deliberately and repeatedly punching low. Credibility has vanished. In New Zealand, it's unfair to call professional boxing a sport. That would dishonour thousands of serious sportsmen and women. The much-hyped annual Fight for Life, while it earns promoter Dean Lonergan a pile of money, makes a mockery of boxing. It is ripping off the sport. And now there's Sonny Bill. By beating South African Frans Botha in Brisbane the other night, he has lifted his record to six wins from six fights. His first fight, in May 2009, was against North Shore builder Gary (The Baboon) Gurr and lasted just over a round. Gurr could not box. Next up was grossly overweight storeman Ryan Hogan, he of the enormous beer gut. That one fin- ished even quicker. Williams' third fight was against Sydney forklift driver Scott Lewis, who entered the ring with advertising signs scrawled across his back. Williams won a six-rounder on points. Sickness beneficiary (truly) Ali- pate Liava'a was wheeled into the ring next, in June 2011. The bloated 43-year-old was proud to survive six rounds -- a pointer to Williams' lack of boxing ability -- though not so pleased later when he had the big ACC Please explain''. Williams' fifth fight was his most farcical. He beat grossly fat American Clarence Tillman in one round to win the New Zealand professional heavyweight title'', as illogical as that sounds. Titles in boxing are meaningless, of course. Tillman was a late substitute for Richard Tutaki, who was prevented from fighting after he failed to appear in court to answer 10 charges, including possession of methamphetamine. Then there was Botha. Appar- ently the fight was WBA- endorsed, though the WBA denied it knew anything about it. The length of the bout was contro- versially cut from 12 to 10 rounds, which cost Botha a probable vic- tory and was so dodgy that betting agencies had to refund punters' money. To top it off, Botha then went and failed the drugs test. Williams' agent/manager Koder Nasser had a lot to say after- wards. Much of it was inflamma- tory and almost none made sense. It's a pity Williams involves himself in these tawdry boxing antics. He is a great footballer -- league and rugby union. Instead he makes himself a laughing stock of the sports world. The amazing thing is that he can't see it. Team victory for Norths Shanks for coming: Experienced North City bowler Craig Shanks took two wickets in each innings in the side's win over Johnsonville. By KRIS DANDO North City completed a compre- hensive victory over Johnsonville on Saturday to retain a perfect record after two games in Welling- ton club cricket's Hazlett Trophy. Although Norths finished in the bottom half of the Pearce Cup competition, they are finding their rhythm in the second tier. After a win over Easts reserves, Johnsonville were beaten at Alex Moore Park. Norths made 303 in their first dig, with Johnsonville resuming on 119/4 on Saturday. They were rolled for 170, with Dane Hutchinson taking 5-66. Enforcing the follow-on, Hutchinson took another four wic- kets, while Craig Shanks (2-52) and Russell Pepperell (3-36) provided excellent support. Pepperell topped off a fine individ- ual game with 35 not out as he and Ryan White (31 not out) knocked off the required 71 for the outright win. Norths chairman Rodney Moore says the team has been humming these past four weeks. [The last two games] have been great team victories, everyone is doing their part. They're batting well, holding catches and Dane is bowling great areas, he's a class player. At the end of the day we didn't want to be in the Hazlett Trophy, we lost games we should have won, but this is a relatively young team that is starting to see some great results. It bodes well for the rest of this season and the next as well,'' Mr Moore said.
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