Sonny Bill Williams is set make his return to the ring and he's locked in a familiar face as his punching bag for March.
The cross code megastar will lock horns with AFL legend Barry Hall - a bloke who is all too familiar with throwing hands both during and after his decorated footy career.
Former rugby World Cup and NRL Premiership winner SBW is currently undefeated in his professional boxing career.
And as the former WBA International Heavyweight Champion, he says Hall is "nowhere near my class".
"For the first time in my professional sporting career, I am fully concentrating on boxing," Williams said.
"I know Barry Hall is a very hard man and his debut proved he has a tonne of skill, but he is inexperienced in the ring and nowhere near my class level.
"This fight against Hall starts the last chapter of my sporting career and I will take this win and move on to further big fights over the next 24-36 months."
Up until recently, SBW hadn't fought since 2015 when he beat Chauncy Welliver, his career on the rugby field taking precedence over his boxing one.
He made his long-awaited comeback in June 2021, defeating Waikato Falefehi by unanimous decision.
As for big bad Bazza, he doesn't exactly boast a huge amount of boxing experience, although he does have a draw with former NRL star Paul Gallen under his belt.
"I showed against Paul Gallen that I can go the distance and go hard," Hall said.
"Sonny is a hugely talented individual but has not ever faced anyone of my size or skill. The lad has had everything laid on a silver platter in his boxing career to date.
"Sonny Boy has made a mistake in taking this fight, I intend to finish his boxing career and open up bigger fight opportunities for myself."
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