Sonny Bill Williams absolutely destroyed Barry Hall in a performance that pundits say has likely ended the former AFL star’s boxing career.
Sonny Bill Williams has now dedicated himself to boxing after his football career ended and went on a six-week training camp where he sparred the likes of world champ Tyson Fury, former WBO heavyweight champ Joseph Parker and European champion Tommy McCarthy.
Tyson Fury on Sonny Bill Williams
“It’s been a pleasure to train Sonny,” he said during the pair’s press conference. “For a man who’s achieved so much in the sport world, he’s very, very hungry, very, very dedicated, almost obsessive about boxing, so it’s been a pleasure to train him.
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“If I showed him something this morning, by the next time we met in the gym, I could see that he worked on it, practised it and thought about it, and was already improved at doing it. That taught me all I needed to know about Sonny and how serious he is about the game.
“You might think it’s crazy but my ambition for Sonny over the next few years is to build him into a world title contender and eventually fight for the world championship because that’s how good he can be. He has that natural ability but you combine that with the hunger he has, I think he can go all the way.”