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Thursday, 29 November 2018

SBW removes scantily clad ring girls from bout presser


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There was some drama at the press conference to promote Sonny Bill Williams' upcoming charity bout, with scantily clad ring girls asked to be removed.

The former NRL big man is set to fight reality TV star Stu Laundy in a one-off exhibition boxing match on Saturday night to raise funds for The Bill Crews Charitable Trust and Auckland City Mission.

Williams - a devout Muslim - was not pleased to see bikini-wearing promotional models at the media event promoting the bout. 

Nine News' Danny Weidler reported that Williams and his team requested the women be removed, and the All Black expressed his disappointment at the stunt.

"It is what it is, that's the industry we're in. But for myself I don't think it was necessary," Williams said on Nine News.

On the day Williams was also on hand to help provide meals to the homeless, and was more focused on raising awareness about the charity organisations' work.

"We didn't think it was appropriate in that atmosphere [to have the women there]," Williams' agent Khoder Nasser exclusively told Wide World of Sports.

"Sonny Bill's stance towards women is very respectful."

Nasser confirmed that it wasn't just Williams who was unhappy with the incident, but also representatives from The Bill Crews Charitable Trust. 

"They were [upset]. We were very much in line," Nasser said.

Though reports have emerged that Combat Sport NSW are trying to ban the $1,000-a-head charity dinner fight night, out of concern for boxing debutant Laundy's safety, Williams' camp are confident the bout will be good for the community.

"We get caught up in our lives and forget a lot of people are not fortunate and there's a lot of volunteers that help," Nasser said.

"That awareness needs to be brought to everybody. It's a good reminder to us that we're very lucky.

"Sonny Bill came from a childhood where everything wasn't as rosey and what it is now."

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There was some drama at the press conference to promote Sonny Bill Williams' upcoming charity bout, with scantily clad ring girls asked to be removed.

The former NRL big man is set to fight reality TV star Stu Laundy in a one-off exhibition boxing match on Saturday night to raise funds for The Bill Crews Charitable Trust and Auckland City Mission.

Williams - a devout Muslim - was not pleased to see bikini-wearing promotional models at the media event promoting the bout. 

Nine News' Danny Weidler reported that Williams and his team requested the women be removed, and the All Black expressed his disappointment at the stunt.

"It is what it is, that's the industry we're in. But for myself I don't think it was necessary," Williams said on Nine News.

On the day Williams was also on hand to help provide meals to the homeless, and was more focused on raising awareness about the charity organisations' work.

"We didn't think it was appropriate in that atmosphere [to have the women there]," Williams' agent Khoder Nasser exclusively told Wide World of Sports.

"Sonny Bill's stance towards women is very respectful."

Nasser confirmed that it wasn't just Williams who was unhappy with the incident, but also representatives from The Bill Crews Charitable Trust. 

"They were [upset]. We were very much in line," Nasser said.

Though reports have emerged that Combat Sport NSW are trying to ban the $1,000-a-head charity dinner fight night, out of concern for boxing debutant Laundy's safety, Williams' camp are confident the bout will be good for the community.

"We get caught up in our lives and forget a lot of people are not fortunate and there's a lot of volunteers that help," Nasser said.

"That awareness needs to be brought to everybody. It's a good reminder to us that we're very lucky.

"Sonny Bill came from a childhood where everything wasn't as rosey and what it is now."

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