‘Tortuous’ boxing preparation helping SBW ease back into rugby

With his return to boxing just a few weeks away, Sonny Bill Williams hopes his boxing preparation will allow him to hit the ground running when he returns to the rugby field for the Chiefs.


Williams described his boxing training as physically challenging but said that it refreshes him mentally.

Some media outlets inside team SBW have described the cross-code superstars’ training as physically and mentally torturing.

Williams also claims that being a father to his newborn baby girl is a huge motivator on days where the lows are low.

“I’ve been using it as motivation and after sparring where I have been hit a few too many times going home to the wife and the little one is an awesome feeling.”

Williams’ family is expected to arrive in Hamilton with him sometime over the next few days.

Boxing has long been touted as being good rugby preparation for Williams. The former Sydney Roosters league star says that not only is his boxing regime grueling, but it gets him away from rugby which can be a good thing from a mental viewpoint in relation to the boxing.

“Obviously, physically I am in the best shape possible and mentally I am feeling pretty good as well because I am away from all that.”


Williams hasn’t been surprised with any big changes to the Chiefs environment upon his return to New Zealand apart from some new team mates thrown in with a few familiar faces.

Williams will step back into the boxing ring on January 31st against Chauncy Welliver in Sydney.

The Chiefs will play a pre season game against the Waratahs, also in Sydney, just a few days after the fight and Williams is reported to be very keen to play in that match.

Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie says Williams is a chance, but admitted to being concerned about the impact on the Chiefs if Williams was to get KO’d by Welliver in the ring.

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