Sunday April 26, 2015   Last updated 21:39PM
max
°
min
°

On Air Now | Radio Waatea

06:00pm - 07:00pm
E Ipo
Ardijah
Boxer Sonny Bill likely to get hurt
Sonny Bill Williams.

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

Opinion: I hope Sonny Bill Williams gives up boxing before he gets badly hurt.

Talk this week of David Tua fighting Sonny Bill is just plain madness. Tua would beat Sonny Bill blindfolded - that is if there was none of the behind-the-scenes ducking and diving alleged to have been going on at his fight against Francois Botha.

That question has to be asked after Botha claimed Sonny Bill's manager Khoder Nasser offered him $150,000 to lose the fight.

Nasser denies that of course but it does raise the question simply because Sonny Bill is a long way from being a capable boxer. Losing would have meant the end of the road and a huge loss in terms of potential dollars.

In the end it was all a shambles - the fight was suddenly reduced to 10 rounds just as it looked as if Sonny Bill was going to be knocked out. Allegations have been made that it was Khoder who cut it short.

Despite the debacle I don't believe Khoder deserves the bad rap he gets from the media and the public.

His job is to get the best deals for Sonny Bill and make him millions of dollars and he has more than done that in the past few years.

In many respects he reminds me of Don King, the world's most successful boxing promoter, but also the most hated.

He was responsible for giving us the Rumble in the Jungle that was Muhammad Ali v George Foreman in Zaire, the greatest boxing promotion in history. King also backed other fights involving Ali, Joe Frazier and George Foreman and later on Mike Tyson.

His rise as a promoter caused huge ructions in boxing circles because he had served jail time for killing two men but also because black men weren't supposed to be managers and promoters.

They were the cannon fodder. Boxing was run by the white elite.

The Khoder Nasser story is similar and while he has never killed anyone, he attracts a lot of resentment and racism because of his Lebanese and Muslim background. The way he has marketed Sonny Bill has a Don King razamataz about it.

King's relationships with some of the great boxers often ended badly though. In fact Tyson ended up beating him up in a hotel lobby.

It would be sad if something similar happened to Khoder Nasser but if he continues to promote Sonny Bill as a boxer it's inevitable that it will all end in tears.

Comments


Post comment:

Name*
Email*
Will not be published

Maximum of 1750 characters (about 300 words)
In order to assist us in reducing spam, please type the characters you see:
spam control image
I have read and accepted the terms and conditions

These comments are moderated. Your comment, if approved, may not appear immediately. Please direct any queries about comment moderation to webmaster@waatea603am.co.nz
Black-Note-Ad2
Waatea TV Logo - 250pixel-705
Ria Bond | NZ First latest MP
Ria Bond is of Ngapuhi and Ngati Hine decent and is the grand-niece of Sir James Henare.For six years she served as president of the New Zealand Association of Registered Hairdressers, representing 8000 owners and operators. She also had a dual role as a director on the Hairdressing Industry Training Organisation, which included being an NZQA governance and advisory panel member and is an active member of Rotary and has served on New Zealand First’s board.
Marama Fox | Maori Party wananga at Ngatokowaru Marae
Maori Party co leader Marama Fox and the Maori Party are in the middle of a Maori Party wananga being held at Ngatokowaru Marae near Otaki.
Dylan Tahau | Tuwharetoa business
The Tuwharetoa Settlement Trust has enlisted other Tuwharetoa entities to help it buy 8500 hectares of Crown land beside the Rangipo prison in the central North Island. Trust chair Dylan Tahau says the deal has taken a year to put together and involves two major forestry trusts, three farm trusts, and a collective hapu entity.
Ian Perry | Questionable sale of Mapuna Atea
Maori Education Trust selling a Wairarapa farm the 320-hectare farm was gifted by the late Edward Holmes in the 1960s for the education of Wairarapa Maori. The land is now up for sale to pay for losses incurred by the trust in questionable business activities.
Pete Burger | World War One series coming to TV One
Director of a story made into a tv show screening on TVOne called When we went to war.
1 Nolan Raihania | Te Ra o ANZAC
Ka hoki nga mahara i te wa o ANZAC ki era o ona hoa, kihai i hoki mai
2 Te Ururoa Flavell | Whanau Ora, whare karukaru, Nga pakanga
Nga peka e toru o Whanau Ora, pai te mahi. Ko nga whare karukaru i Otautahi. Whakanuia nga pakanga pera ra Orakau
5 Taina McGregor | Te Reo Wainene o Tua
Ka whakahaere i tetahi hotaka pu korero, Te Reo Wainene o Tua, te ingoa
Pin the tail on John Key
WILLIE JACKSON OPINION: There’s a new political game in town called ‘Pin the tail on John Key.’
A bridge to nowhere
WILLIE JACKSON OPINION: Simon Bridges is far from simple. But the Tauranga MP may be stupid in what appears to be a timing error during the Northland by-election.
Northland final result cements tide change against National
MARTYN BRADBURY OPINION: The final results from the Northland by-election have been missed in the churn of Campbell Live being threatened with the axe and anger at MP spouses travelling overseas.
0
TMP2
p waateap listenp podcastp rssp facebookp twittercontactus

Submit


Glossary

Subscribe

To receive regular updates from Waatea News.