Sonny Bill Williams has revealed his camp is in talks with YouTube star-turned-boxer Jake Paul about a potential fight in August.
Last week, Paul identified Williams as a potential opponent along with Floyd Mayweather, former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping and 49-year-old former world boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya.
“I’m looking at maybe August, getting back in the ring,” Williams told Nine and Stan Sport’s Nick McArdle of the Super Rugby Pacific Super Round in Melbourne.
Tyson Fury vs. Dillian Whyte on Sunday, April 24 will be live and commercial-free only on Stan Event. The fight can be purchased by Stan’s customers for $60. Ring walks for the main event are expected at 6:45 a.m. AEST with the first-round bell no later than 7:10 a.m.
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“Jake Paul, his people have reached out to my people and they’re talking so who knows. The bottom line is, I’m very excited and very grateful to be back in the ring, on Stan, in boxing.”
Williams previously told the Sydney Morning Herald that Paul would likely “underestimate” him by watching old fights.
“I feel like in the last six months I’ve increased tenfold, so that’s the confidence I have in my abilities,” Williams said.
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“It would probably be a catchweight fight, I would probably have to drop below 100kg. I know he’s around 95-96kg so it could work.”
Williams also tipped Tyson Fury for defeating Dillian Whyte in Sunday morning’s (AEST) world title fight at Wembley.
The code-hopping star spent time training with Fury in England before beating Barry Hall in a first-round knockout.
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“The biggest thing I learned from Tyson Fury was his mental toughness,” Williams said.
“He’s a very modest guy physically, just how he looks, but he’s really really strong, really fit. But it was his mental strength that amazed me.
“It’s the biggest boxing event in British history and I can’t wait to watch it.”
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