Sat, Jan 29, 6:11pm by Kevin Pitstock
Sonny Bill Williams or SBW as he has become known has been posted a $1.10 favourite at Centrebet Australia to beat the largely unheralded Scott Lewis in tonight’s Main Event.com.au Sonny Bill Williams Fight Night to be shown live from the Gold Coast Exhibition Centre.
Just hours ahead of the fight, Williams has weighed in at 107 kilograms for his third professional boxing fight, a half kilo heavier than his heavyweight opponent, although Williams has a much greater height and reach advantage.
Williams who is set to fly out just hours after the fight to commence pre-training for the Super Rugby pre-season training with the Crusaders, has already penciled in another bout when the Crusaders have a bye; either in early April or June 2011.
No bookmaker is betting on the undercard which features:
but the fight card will be shown live on Foxtel and Austar on Main Event.
Lewis though, may finally provide a viable challenger to SBW who easily dispensed with the two ex-pat New Zealanders last year in his first two professional fights. Gary “The Baboon” Gurr and Ryan “Hulk” Hogan barely laid a hand on Williams in their debuts before succumbing to technical knock outs, and tellingly neither have fought since.
Lewis at least has a 3-4 win-loss record, with his most notable victory coming via his third round knockout of new Parramatta rugby league recruit Carl Webb in January last year. Lewis too, is bound to to provide more of a resilient opponent with the 36 year old having served three months in Sydney’s notorious Long Bay jail for robbery in 1997.
Unfortunately though since the Carl Webb fight, Lewis has gone 1-1, losing by KO to a cruiserweight and beating a fighter who has lost 13 of 24 professional fights. Albeit a very fit Lewis did turn up to provoke SBW at the Mundine gym recently, having had an 8 weeks notice of the fight date.
With no exotic betting on the fight, it’s difficult to come up with any other bet recommendation other than backing Sonny Bill Williams at the $1.10, although I am pathologically averse to betting on any sporting encounter at such short quotes.
Let’s hope Mundine, who guides the SBW show, can come up with a more formidable test for Williams at the next encounter as even a win tonight will not give SBW the credibility he desires as a legitimate fighter, and anything less than a quick knockout will just be fuel to the fire for skeptics of SBW’s boxing credentials; and there are many.
The bet is SBW if you must, but at $1.10 you’d have to have $500 on just to cover the cost of the Pay Per View, and there is no way any of us here at Australian Gambling is prepared to risk anything like that on a Mundine orchestrated fight night.
Play on this one at your own peril.
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