Sonny Bill Williams may fight Paul Gallen
ALL BLACK Sonny Bill Williams plans to rekindle a boxing career that looked to be on the ropes after his controversial victory over Frans Botha last year.
Williams, who will play for the Chiefs in Super Rugby next year, will fight American heavyweight Chauncy Welliver in Sydney on January 31, a fight which will headline an inaugural "Footy Show Fight Night".
The card will include Wallaby and Queensland Reds rugby flyhalf Quade Cooper and NSW State of Origin winning captain Paul Gallen, who is said to have a big future in the sport and who could one day fight Williams.
Welliver, 31, a vastly experienced brawler with 70 professional fights to his credit, including 55 wins, has lost his last three bouts. His most recent defeat was by decision last week in Moscow against Alexander Ustinov.
Williams looked a chastened figure in Brisbane last February in the aftermath of his fight against aging South African Botha, who easily won the final two rounds and appeared on the brink of knocking out Williams before his younger rival was saved by the bell and the fact the bout was controversially called off two rounds early. Williams won by unanimous decision.
Williams didn't defend the New Zealand heavyweight title he won in his previous fight against Clarence Tillman in Hamilton and but it appears boxing is well and truly back on his agenda.
He told a Sydney press conference a fight against former NRL and international rival Gallen was on the cards. Gallen has had two professional fights and is said to be a hard puncher and a quick learner.
His last fight, against Anthony Watts, finished in a TKO after 88 seconds.
"Who knows? In the future there definitely could be something if all goes well in our next fights," Williams said.
"There could be definitely something in the future, getting in the ring together, because there would be a lot of interest in that fight."