Sonny Bill looks to revive boxing career
MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Sonny Expense Williams states he will concentrate on ending up being a champ fighter after yielding his body can no longer withstand the rigours of rugby league.
Williams, who won 2 rugby union World Cups for New Zealand in 2011 and 2015, has actually meddled boxing because a very first expert bout in 2009 however the 35-year-old strategies to get more severe about it after developing a health club in southern Sydney.
“I spoke to my manager, I said: ‘I’m keen to get back into the ring, I’ve got a couple of years, I’m 35,” he informed the 9 Network.
“I spoke to the wife first and she had blank eyes but like usual, she supported me.
“I need to know how I will enter 6 months rather of 6 weeks.”
The last of Williams’s seven professional fights was a convincing points decision win against American journeyman Chauncy Welliver in 2015.
Williams played his last game of rugby league with the Sydney Roosters in October in the semi-final loss to the Canberra Raiders in the 2020 NRL playoffs.
He was contracted to play in the 2021 season with Toronto Wolfpack but the deal fell through after the Canadian team was denied readmission to the mainly England-based Super League.
Australian media have reported Williams will remain in a mentoring role at the Roosters but he says his playing days are over.
“I was simple sufficient to comprehend my knee could not satisfy the needs although the mind wished to of the week in and week out footy, particularly in the NRL,” he said.
Asked he wanted to be remembered in rugby league, Williams said: “As a bro and a guy that simply offered it a fracture.
“Wasn’t perfect by any means but tried to learn from his lessons.”
(Reporting by Ian Ransom; Modifying by Peter Rutherford)
Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.