Sonny Bill Williams will train with Tyson Fury and Joseph Parker ahead of his fight against Barry Hall in March.
Former New Zealand rugby union and rugby league international Williams will fight former Aussie Rules footballer Hall on the 23rd of March, in what will be his ninth professional bout.
Williams first boxed professionally in 2009, and became New Zealand’s heavyweight boxing champion in his fifth fight by beating Clarence Tillman in February 2012.
The dual code international decided to take a lengthy break from professional boxing after his seventh fight in 2015 in order to focus on his rugby career, but returned to the ring with a win against Waikato Falefehi last June.
Sonny Bill Williams will train with Tyson Fury.
The 2015 Rugby World Cup winner will now train with world heavyweight boxing champion Fury and fellow New Zealand Parker, as well as with Irish trainer Andy Lee.
Williams revealed the news on Twitter by posting a video sent by Fury and Parker, welcoming the former rugby star to their training camp.
Both Fury and Parker are coming off the back of big wins, as the ‘Gyspy King’ defeated Deontay Wilder by knock out in the pair’s trilogy fight in October, while the New Zealander claimed a unanimous decision victory against Derek Chisora last month.
— Sonny Bill Williams (@SonnyBWilliams) January 13, 2022
Aussie rules vs rugby grudge match.
Williams is the far more experienced boxer between him and Hall, with the former Aussie rules player having fought professionally just once so far.
Hall fought former rugby league player Paul Gallen back in November 2019, and the bout ended in a majority decision draw after six rounds.
The 44-year-old did well to earn a draw against Gallen, as the former NRL star had won all nine of his professional boxing bouts before their meeting, and will hope to hold his own in the ring again when he comes up against Williams.