Sonny Bill Williams considers retirement from all sports after stunning boxing defeat

Former rugby league great Sonny Bill Williams is considering retiring from all sports.

It comes after he was knocked out in the boxing ring by Mark Hunt in a well-publicised fight in Sydney on Saturday evening.

SBW suffered his first defeat in the ring after the MMA fighter landed two decisive blows in the fourth and final round to beat the cross-code legend by TKO.

Sonny Bill had controlled the fight up until this point, with his much heavier opponent able to catch him cleanly with two shots to put the pre-fight favourite down twice.

Despite his perfect record prior to the bout, which had seen Williams win all nine of his previous fights, the former Sydney Roosters and Toronto Wolfpack star is now considering calling it a day.

“At this stage I’m not even sure if I’ll fight again. That could be it for me,” Williams said.

“I’m 37, I’ve always said that if I cop a lot of punishment, that could be it.

“If this is the end of my sporting career, it’s been a good one.

“Whatever is written for me is written for me.”

SBW has enjoyed a trophy-laden career in both rugby codes, becoming an NRL great in league whilst also winning a World Cup as part of a star-studded All Blacks side in Union.

He also had a stint in Super League in 2020 when he played for Toronto Wolfpack, with his move to the Canadian side publicised all around the world at the time.

Now though it appears the end of the road for Sonny Bill, who after 10 boxing bouts appears to have hung up the gloves following the loss to Hunt.

Where Williams’ next move will be remains to be seen, with his former club Sydney Roosters a potential destination in an off-field role ahead of the 2023 NRL season.

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