Sonny Bill Williams will train alongside world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury as he prepares for a wild return to boxing.
The retired All Blacks, Bulldogs and Canterbury footy star announced plans to restart his stuttering boxing career with a fight against novice fighter and former Sydney Swans AFL champion Barry Hall in Sydney in March.
Williams, 36, said he flew immediately to train with Fury’s acclaimed team in the UK. Sports broadcasting in Australia has a new member with the launch of Stan Event, a PPV offering set to take on Foxtel’s Main Event.
The Turf War battle starts in Sydney on Thursday .
Williams admitted he had to win his wife, Alana Raffie, before signing up to fight Hall who is 6’4 to his 6’3.
“Yes, I am 36 years old, time is not on my side, but do you mind if I have 24 months to give my heart and soul to this sport that I have come to love,” he said.
His plan is to fight another five to ten times before he retires.
Many felt Williams had dodged Gallen, who knocked down a former world champion Lucas Browne in a massive shock last year.
It’s likely that the specter of that fight will follow Williams to Sydney, and if he beats Hall, he’ll be pressured to take on Gallen.
How much is Bill-Hall Fight on Stan Event?
Turf War will be available to both residential subscribers and in venues through Stan Venues. It will cost residential subscribers $50, slightly cheaper than most Main Event pay-per-view broadcasts which often sit at around $54.95.
Stan subscriptions start from $10. A 30-day trial is available to new subscribers, although it’s worth noting that your card will automatically be debited once the 30 days are over.
Information for venues interested in accessing Stan Sport can be found here.
The new player in the market will kick-off on 23 March with a heavyweight boxing fight between former rugby league and union player Sonny Bill Williams and retired AFL bad boy Barry Hall.