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Sonny Bill Williams is now 'only' a Rugby Union World Cup winner and Rugby League World Cup finalist after he was stripped of his his New Zealand heavyweight boxing title.

New Zealand Professional Boxing Association had no choice after the freakish athlete didn't respond to mandatory challenges to his crown within a six-month deadline, having won the crown against Clarence Tillman almost two years back. 

Williams had earlier last week given up his dubious 'international' World Boxing Association belt won against South African Francois Botha in February this year. 

The only challenge to Williams belt came three months ago from NZNBF champ Joseph Parker for a $1.2m purse, but Williams' management hadn't responded. 

"We haven't heard a thing back and, personally, that's rude," NZPBA president Lance Revill told NZ Newswire.

"He's not even said he's received the challenge and that they're going to think about it. If that was the case we'd hold off, but we've got no choice now but to strip the title."

Williams, 28, has signed on to one more year at Sydney Roosters in a bid to defend their NRL Premiership and after making the choice hadn't committed to any future bouts. 

The code-jumper who starred for New Zealand in the World Cup in the UK is unbeaten in his six professional fights. 

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