Rugby players Sonny Bill Williams and Quade Cooper both win in the boxing ring
Last Updated: 08/02/13 4:53pm
Sonny Bill Williams (L): Victory over Frans Botha was not without controversy
Rugby stars Sonny Bill Williams and Quade Cooper were both winners in the boxing ring at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on Friday.
Dual-code New Zealand international Williams extended the unbeaten start to his boxing career as he claimed a 10-round points win over former world title challenger Frans Botha to claim the WBA International heavyweight belt.
South African Botha, a 44-year-old who has fought the likes of Lennox Lewis, Mike Tyson and Wladimir Klitschko, is by far the biggest scalp on Williams' 6-0 record.
But even though the judges returned scores of 97-91 (twice) and 98-94, the contest was not without controversy as Botha's corner and many others in the arena were apparently under the impression that it would be a 12-rounder.
Williams was shaken badly in what proved to be the final round but survived to the bell and emerged with the victory.
Australia fly-half Quade Cooper, who was making his boxing debut, had a much more straightforward evening as knocked out Barry Dunnett in the first round.
Cooper send his opponent crashing to the canvas with a right hook to ensure that the cruiserweight bout, scheduled for four rounds, would not go the distance.