After months of construction, promoters confirmed on Thursday that Barry Hall and Sony Bill Williams would be coming to strike in the ring.
After months of speculation, the fighting has finally begun.
Footy stars-boxers Barry Hall and Sony Bill Williams will strike in a cross-code battle on March 23.
It will be in Sydney and Williams is looking to expand his eight-fight unbeaten record.
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Hall revealed last year that he was preparing to meet a former player in the ring but was indifferent to the details.
“I signed an agreement,” Hall said, adding that you can’t have a serious podcast.
“It’s going to be a big fight. I’ll fight a couple and he’ll do it. I’ll go to the sunset.”
In October, Williams expressed interest in fighting Hall or former NRL star Paul Galen, who has also built a successful boxing career.
“When it comes to fighting Paul Galen or Barry Hall, those guys are all part of the process but for me it’s a matter of grinding daily and living wholeheartedly in it,” he told ABC Radio.
An all-black representative and a double NRL Premiership-winner, Williams is one of the two most experienced boxers.
He has won all eight of his professional bouts, most recently beating Waikato Falefehi by a unanimous decision last year.
Prior to that, Williams had not fought since 2015, but chose to spend the late 2010s focusing on his rugby union and league career.
Hall, who captained the Sydney Swans to the 2005 AFL Premiership, has fought only once in a professional career.
He met unbeaten Paul Galen in 2019 for a highly publicized cross-code show, which ended in a draw.
Despite his lack of experience, the four-time All-Australian earned a reputation as a tough guy in his AFL days.
He earned a seven-game suspension in the 2008 season between Sydney and the West Coast, notoriously punching Brent Stacker in the leg and knocking out the Eagles.
More to come
Originally published Boxing: Barry Hall and Sony Bill Williams lock-in fight for March