9 Feb 2013

TAB refunds bets after controversial fight

3:02 pm on 9 February 2013

New Zealand bookmakers have refunded bets on Sonny Bill Williams' boxing win, while criticising the former All Blacks star for his track record of shortened bouts.

The World Boxing Association (WBA) international heavyweight fight between Williams and South African veteran Francois Botha ended in a unanimous points decision on Friday night.

However the fight, which was advertised and scheduled for 12 rounds as per WBA rules, was stopped after 10, drawing an angry reaction from Botha and jeers from the crowd.

AAP reports that there has been no official explanation for the early ending.