Franks, Packer poised for Fight for Life bout

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 05:00 26/06/2013
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CROSS CODE: Owen Franks looks set to take on Russell Packer in the Fight for Life.

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Canterbury All Black Owen Franks is poised to jump in the ring with now infamous Warrior Russell Packer for a fundraising boxing bout.

It is understood Franks, 25, will take on Packer, 23, in this year's Rugby v League Fight For Life in mid-December in Auckland.

A source close to the event told The Press the details were not yet confirmed but both were on promoter Duco Event's list of people to approach.

Franks was courted by Duco last year, but a clash with the All Blacks end of season tour stopped his participation.

Franks and brother Ben own a crossfit gym with father Ken, but it is understood Franks will train with Bryan Barry at his 12 Rounds Christchurch gym.

Packer, a prop for the Warriors in the NRL, rose to infamy this season when he urinated on Suncorp Stadium before a match against the Brisbane Broncos.

He was subsequently fined A$15,000 (NZ$ 17,895) for his act.

After seeing the improvement in fitness and physique to team-mate Manu Vatuvei, Packer is understood to be keen to take part in the event which takes place in the NRL off-season.

While the 12th-placed Warriors have found form of late, they're unlikely to be playing in October when the competition's grand-final takes place, giving Packer 10 weeks of boxing specific training to prepare.

Franks on the other hand is likely to make Steve Hansen's squad for the four-match end of season All Blacks tour which would bite into his preparation.

The All Blacks final game of that tour is against the Irish in Dublin on November 24.

According to their respective Crusader and Warrior player profiles, Franks (118kg) has a 6kg weight advantage over Packer (112km), but at 1.88m tall, Packer has a 3cm height advantage over Franks.

Dean Longergan from Duco did not return calls yesterday.

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