NRL hardman Paul Gallen calls out Sonny Bill Williams for boxing bout

Sonny Bill Williams has been sidelined with an achilles tendon injury suffered at the 2016 Rio Olympics in August.
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Sonny Bill Williams has been sidelined with an achilles tendon injury suffered at the 2016 Rio Olympics in August.

Paul Gallen has reiterated his desire for a cross-code superfight with Sonny Bill Williams.

Cronulla premiership-winning skipper Gallen resumed training in his stop-start boxing career on Tuesday ahead of two scheduled bouts in December.

Injured All Blacks and NZ Sevens star Williams is in Gallen's sights, with the NRL veteran hoping of meeting the two-time Rugby World Cup medal-winner and former NRL champion next year - once Williams has recovered from a torn achilles tendon suffered at the Rio Olympics

Paul Gallen wants to challenge Sonny Bill Williams in the boxing ring.
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Paul Gallen wants to challenge Sonny Bill Williams in the boxing ring.

"I have said openly I want to fight Sonny Bill, unfortunately we haven't heard the same thing back so I don't know if he wants to," Gallen said.

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"I understand he is injured at the moment and there is not much we can do about that."

"We were looking at February next year. It might happen later next year.

"I have said it before and I will say it again; I want to fight him

"I wouldn't say he is running scared. I know he is injured but hopefully one day it will happen."

The opponents for Gallen's next two fights are yet to be confirmed, although the first will be against a fellow rugby league forward on a card likely to include several NRL stars.

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"I have had Junior Paulo tossed up Peni Terepo, Josh McGuire, I heard he pulled out that is a shame," Gallen said.

"As long as Willis Meehan isn't classed as an NRL player I will fight anyone in the game that they come up with me for."

Meehan is the son of former Australian heavyweight champion Kali.

The 21-year-old won the Australian super heavyweight title at 17. But his NRL career is on hold after he was sacked by Sydney Roosters due to off field issues amid claims from Willis himself that he worked as a standover man.

​"I start training today and I am looking forward to it," Gallen said, three weeks after Cronulla's grand final win over Melbourne.

"I am used to playing footy in week-in-week-out so I should be right.

"Fingers crossed I don't get too hurt in the first fight so I am right for the second one."

 - AP

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