ABs boxing opponent wanted for Vatuvei

04:23, Oct 31 2012
Manu Vatuvei
CALLING AN ALL BLACK: Warriors and Kiwis wing Manu Vatuvei has put his hand up to box in the Fight for Life charity event, but organisers want a prominent All Black as his opponent.

Celebrated rugby league winger Manu Vatuvei wants a fight with an All Black - but only veterans with 25 tests or more under their belts need apply.

Warrior Vatuvei, 29, is the main draw card in the December 15 Fight for Life in Auckland but he told media today he has not got anybody to fight yet.

With promoter Dean Lonigan "putting out the call to any 25-test current All Black to step up to the plate" to box against him, Vatuvei told media it would be a "different kind of challenge".

Manu Vatuvei
BEASTLY BATTLE: Boxing coach Monty Betham says Manu Vatuvei's boxing is "poetry in motion".

"Anyone who will put his hand up will be good," Vatuvei said.

He agreed it would be intimidating for any All Black.

"To get into the ring, and then it's a one-on-one battle, you don't have the other teammates behind you," he said.

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Vatuvei offered a softener for any potential rival: "I am not the type of person who wants to try and hurt, or to be hurt."

He was taking part because the fight was raising money for prostate cancer research. His family had suffered fatalities to prostate cancer.

Vatuvei - nicknamed 'The Beast' is being trained by former Warrior Monty Betham.

"This is The Beast, but there is beauty in him as well, and his boxing is poetry in motion," Betham said.

Fairfax Media