KNOCKOUT | Mike Tyson offered $1m to fight rugby star

Mike Tyson could return to the boxing ring after being offered $1m to fight All Blacks legend Sonny Bill Williams.

The former heavyweight world champion, who has got himself back into tremendous shape, is training for a boxing return at the age of 53.

He intends to compete in exhibition bouts, 15 years after hanging up his gloves following a defeat by Kevin McBride.

Australian boxing promoter Brian Amatruda has revealed he intends to set up a fight between Tyon and Williams, who amassed an impressive 7-0 record over six years as a professional.

“I’d hold it at Melbourne Arena where we’d get over 10,000 or even Princes Park where they got 30,000 for Jeff Fenech versus Azumah Nelson.

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“He might be 53 years old but he’s still a huge name and any of those blokes, [Barry] Hall, [Paul] Gallen or Sonny Bill would jump at the chance to get into the ring with him.

“I’d make it part of a card with a world title fight for Tayla [Harris] on it. It would be enormous. Not just a fight, it would be an event.”

The centre, who won back-to-back World Cups with the All Blacks in 2011 and 2015, recorded his most impressive victory in the ring to date against former world champion Francois Botha in 2013.


Other multi-sport rugby players

1. Sonny Bill Williams – Rugby and Boxing

A New Zealand international in rugby league, rugby union and rugby sevens, as well as an undefeated professional boxer.


2. Eric Liddell – Rugby and Athletics

He not only played rugby for Scotland, winning seven caps between 1921 and1923, he won the 400m gold medal at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Famously refused to run in the 100m heats, which were held on Sunday due to his religious beliefs as shown in the 1981 film, Chariots of Fire.


3. Gerwyn Price – Rugby and Darts

n 2017 he was the runner-up at the UK Open, Price’s first major event final. Price has also played rugby union for Welsh Premier Division sides.[


4. Israel Dagg – Rugby and Cricket

An All Black wing/fullback who was a Black Caps prospect as a pace bowler.


5. Jarryd Hayne – Rugby and American Football

Hayne is an Australian professional rugby league player and former American football and rugby union sevens player.

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