All Blacks and Blues centre Sonny Bill Williams will return to the boxing ring after the world champions’ end-of-year tour in December.
Williams announced on Tuesday that he will take on Bachelorette television series winner Stu Laundy in his next boxing fight, the weekend after the All Blacks’ Test against Italy in Rome at the end of November.
SONNY Bill Williams will fight Australian millionaire pub owner Stu Laundy in what should be a gentle return to the boxing ring. In an announcement today, All Blacks star Williams, 33, confirmed that he would trade blows with 44-year-old Laundy. https://t.co/t3qlv0uVno
— The Daily Telegraph (@dailytelegraph) September 18, 2018
All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen has already given the green light for Williams for his next bout, saying the fight would be a low-key affair.
“I think he’s just going to get off the plane and do it,” said Hansen.
“It’s the sort of athlete he is.
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“We’ve got guys boxing all the time, as part of their training. Again, my understanding of the fight is that it’s more of an exhibition fight I think than a go down and knock yourself out fight.
“You’re probably better off having a good yarn to him about it, because he’ll be able to fill you in on all the details. But I don’t have any problem with him doing it.”