Former rugby star Sonny Bill Williams will train with world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury as he prepares for an incredible return to boxing.
The 36-year-old announced his return to the squared circle with a bout against former Sydney Swans AFL champion Barry Hall in Sydney in March.
To train and prepare for the clash, the former All Blacks star announced he was flying to the UK to train with Fury’s highly-rated team.
“Starting with tonight I'm flying out to the UK. I've been invited by Joe Parker and Tyson Fury to do some training with him over there,” Williams told Stuff.
“When that opportunity arose I couldn't say no, just to learn from the best. It shows my commitment to this sport, and this fight.”
Williams claimed Hall is ‘nowhere near my class’ as he attends the camp in the hope that compatriot Parker and the Gypsy King will ensure victory.
The bout will be only Williams’ second fight in seven years, winning each of the eight fights he’s contested since 2009.
Williams’ last fight was a difficult points win over another Kiwi in Waikato Falefehi – who has an awful boxing record of 17 losses out of 20 fights.
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Williams won by surviving a standing eight count, and Hall is licking his lips ahead of their meeting.
“Ever since I seen [Williams] fight I thought I can bear that guy, and that's certainly gonna happen,” Hall said.
“He's a huge name I know that but muscles don't win you fights.”
Hall believes he can 'finish' William's boxing career before it goes any further, adding: “Sonny Boy has made a mistake in taking this fight, I intend to finish his boxing career and open up bigger fight opportunities for myself.”
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Hall surprised many when he drew with Sharks legend Paul Gallen in his only professional fight back in 2019.
The 44-year-old will fight Williams on March 23 in a fight already tagged 'the turf war'.
Their fight, which is promoted by Australian former boxing champion Danny Green and Khoder Nasser, is scheduled for 10 three-minute rounds at the International Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, Sydney.
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