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Barry Hall vs Sonny Bill Williams boxing fight finally locked in, date, location, February, Sydney, Paul Gallen, boxing news


Former football stars Sonny Bill Williams and Barry Hall will reportedly go head to head in a boxing fight early next year.

The pair will battle it out in the ring in February with pay-per-view broadcast arrangements still to be finalised, according to Channel 9 sports reporter Danny Weidler.

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Williams revealed last month he was eager to fight both Hall and ex-Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen, but explained he was devoting two years to a boxing career and was in no rush to take on the former footballers.

His delaying tactics have frustrated Gallen, who has now all but ruled out a fight with Williams and instead turned his attention to a lower-profile match-up against Manly Sea Eagles player Josh Aloiai on December 10.

Given Williams’ recent comments, a confirmed fight against Hall in just a few months is a surprising development and suggests the former AFL star got his way.

Hall recently told news.com.au he was growing “impatient” with the former NRL and All Blacks star and wanted a date for a fight in early 2022 locked in as soon possible so he had something to aim towards.

It seems SBW has finally come to the party. Picture: Matthew ElkertonSource: News Corp Australia
Barry Hall was frustrated by the constant delays. (AAP Image/Michael Dodge)Source: AAP

“Look, I am a bit frustrated to be perfectly honest,” said Hall, who fought out a draw with Gallen in 2019 in his only other boxing fight.

“It’s been spoken about, this fight, for a very long time. I fought Paul Gallen coming up on two years ago now and we were talking about that fight (with SBW) around that time.

The ex-Sydney Swans skipper believes he can “absolutely” beat Williams, who is eight years his junior.

“Obviously there’s the age gap,” Hall said.

“I’m not Benjamin Button, I can’t turn back the age clock.

“But I’ve still got the skills. I’m fit, I’ve got the boxing knowledge, I’ve got a good amateur pedigree. I can absolutely hang with these guys.

“I’m happy to fight him tomorrow.

“That’s just the mindset I’ve got. I’ll fight anyone. Give me 8-10 weeks and I’ll fight anyone.

“If I was in the gym now and struggling and slowing down I probably wouldn’t even consider doing it, but I’m not.

Barry Hall‘s most recent and only boxing fight was against Paul Gallen in 2019. (AAP Image/Michael Dodge)Source: AAP

“I’m actually improving, I’m getting better. My punching power has gone through the roof since the Gallen fight so I actually can’t wait to get in there and show people what I can do.

“I absolutely think I can beat them both.

“I’ve got a good (fitness) base under my belt. I’m miles ahead of where I started with the Paul Gallen first fight.

“I’m in a pretty good place. I love training, I love keeping fit.”

In an ideal scenario, Hall would like to fight Williams and then take on Gallen again before retiring from boxing for good.

“I’m not in this for a boxing career. I’m in this because I’m able to do it, I can hang with these guys and I think I can beat them. And I’ve got two or three fights left in me.”



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