Barry Hall

Sonny Bill Williams beats Barry Hall with first-round knockout

The dual code rugby star demolished AFL great Hall overnight in Australia, dominating from the opening seconds.

Williams jolted the Sydney Swans premiership winner in the first half minute with some crisp accurate shots.

Hall was down after just 47 seconds, though referee Les Fear said he didn't see a punch.

It looked like Hall had been hit with a left hook and he appeared unsteady after standing up.

Within 40 seconds, the 45-year-old returned to the canvas after taking a couple of big shots,

Barry Hall charges at Sonny Bill Williams at fight weigh-in

Hall aggressively pushed his head into Williams' face as the tension threatened to spill over ahead of tonight's heavyweight fight.

Hall is returning to the ring for the first time since he fought to a draw with former NRL star Paul Gallen in their 'Code War' bout in 2019.

Sonny Bill says the training camp in Ireland with the Tyson Fury camp had been eye-opening and he was in peak condition and ready to keep his 9-0 unbeaten record intact.


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