Sonny Invoice Williams says profitable the New Zealand heavyweight boxing title eclipsed something he achieved throughout a stellar cross-code rugby profession.
The 36-year-old gained World Cups with the All Blacks in 2011 and 2015 and helped the Kiwis attain the 2013 ultimate of the rugby league equal.
He retired in March and has since returned to boxing so as to add to the seven fights he gained between 2009-2015.
“It was superior,” he advised BBC Radio 5 Stay’s Adrian Chiles.
“Successful the New Zealand heavyweight title belt was wonderful. I did not develop up boxing. It was so unfamiliar for me.”
Williams turned to boxing when he was left in debt after shopping for out his Canterbury Bulldogs contract, the league facet he left in 2008, earlier than shifting to French union membership Toulon.
“It began off by means of necessity as a result of I needed to pay payments nevertheless it lit a fireplace inside me that I might by no means put out and it gathered in me pondering I’d try to win that belt. I did it and it was superior,” he added.
“It could be a dream come true to battle in opposition to that sort of calibre of fighter [Tyson Fury]. I’m an avid boxing fan. I watch their coaching and see what they do and love boxing.”
Williams switched between league and union throughout his 17-year profession, profitable NRL titles with the Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters and the 2012 Tremendous Rugby title with the Chiefs.
Apart from his World Cup victories with the All Blacks, he was additionally concerned within the facet that drew the 2017 sequence in opposition to the touring British and Irish Lions. He performed his final recreation of rugby league with the Roosters within the semi-final loss to the Canberra Raiders within the 2020 NRL play-offs.
He was contracted to play within the 2021 season with Toronto Wolfpack, however the deal fell by means of after the Canadian staff was denied readmission to the largely England-based Tremendous League.
Williams improved his boxing report to eight straight victories in June when he beat Waikato Falefehi through unanimous resolution, although his first battle in additional than six years noticed him endure a second-round knockdown.