Bob Jones on the SBW fiasco

It was inevitable that pugilistic enthusiast Bob Jones would have his say.  And as per usual, it’s a ripper

Jones said Williams “seems to be a very unsettled person, changing countries and sport on an annual basis”.

He also said the WBA was a “nonsense” and a “ratbag” organisation, and described South African Botha, 44, as a geriatric in boxing terms who reached his zenith last century and was “knocked out by everybody”.

The championship belt Botha and Williams were supposedly fighting for was “bogus”.

“There’s no such championship,” Jones said.

“Imagine if he [Williams] suddenly decided he wanted to take up tennis, and so he’s matched with elderly women and fat chaps who’ve never held a tennis racket.

“This is the equivalent of what happened with boxing with massive publicity. I mean, it’s absurd.

“Then they dig up some tennis player who’s actually dying of cancer, or something, who won Wimbledon, or who was a Wimbledon player in 1966, or something, and give it all this hype. This is not a bad analogy.”

The most humorous part of the fight was that people paid money to see a staged event.  As if an out of condition 44 year old was ever going to provide any real opposition for a physically healthy athlete.

If you were wise enough to keep your money, but you would still like to see what the “highlights” were, the video clip is over the break.  



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  • Pete George

    While there are still mugs willing to fork out for crap like this there will be people willing to exploit the mugs.

    TAB shouldn’t have been sucked in by all the hype and dollar signs though. Being involved in SBW boxing betting already is a major blot on their credibility. If they do it again they will prove that money rules and sports is just a quaint old fashioned pastime that’s been replaced by pushers.

    • Mitch82

      I have to wonder if SBW’s comments about leaving the sport had anything to do with prior knowledge of what was about to go down.. there must be SOME point at which he becomes ashamed of all the bullshit he pulls.

    • Mr_Blobby

      It must be a fix up. Personally I would have given the fight to Botha on points.

  • johnbronkhorst

    If those were the hghlights….it must have been an insomniacs paradise during the boring bits.

  • Anonymouse Coward

    If there are any young athletes with a future in professional sport reading who are looking for an agent to represent them pay attention;

    Avoid any involvement with Khoda Nasser and his Don King fantasies.

    • …and you’ll end up converting to Islam.

  • Morrissey

    Sir Robert is a bit harsh calling a 44-year-old a “geriatric”. Sir Bob was 46 years old himself when he took on and triumphed over a much younger man…—bob-jones-punches-reporter-rod-vaughan-1985

    • Ah yes; the Bob Jones v Rod Vaughan bout at Turangi…a TKO victory to Jones when the referee stopped the contest after Vaughan’s face sprung a leak…

    • Steve R

      I love it !! Here’s a qoute from the end of the article
      “. When fined $1000, Jones asked the judge if he paid $2000, could he please do it again?”
      How many of us wish we could say that more often

  • steve and monique

    SBW vs Tua.Tua might be out of shape,but he gave Cameron a hiding.

  • J.M

    SBW is a tremendous athlete, but I would really like to see him concentrate on something and stick with it, preferably rugby. He had pretty much surplanted Nonu as the AB 12 before he decided to walk away.

    • Gazzaw

      SBW is a tremendous athlete but he’s a shit boxer.

      • Sponge

        And it shows when you watch that fight. He might knock over the odd no hoper or old man but he will never amount to much.

        Not that I would want him hitting me of course.

    • Morrissey

      Sonny Bill had supplanted Nonu? I don’t think so.

  • Mr_V4

    I admit I watched it for free, via a live stream on the internet.

    Please forgive me for my theft of ‘intellectual’ property.

  • blam

    and what did Sir Robert say about Judith Collins ?