Mike Tyson appears to have a willing co-conspirator for his planned exhibition bouts. Australian promoter Brian Amatruda claims he’s offered “Iron Mike” a million dollars to face rugby star-turned-boxer Sonny Bill Williams, recently retired rugby player Paul Gallen, or Australian Football League veteran Barry Hall.
“He might be 53 years old but he’s still a huge name and any of those blokes — Hall, Gallen or Sonny Bill — would jump at the chance to get into the ring with him. I’d make it part of a card with a world title fight for Tayla [Harris] on it. It would be enormous. Not just a fight, it would be an event.”.
The 34-year-old Williams is the only one of the three with professional boxing experience, amassing a 7-0 (3 KO) record from 2009 to 2015 with wins over a shot Frans Botha and journeyman Chauncey Welliver. Gallen is 38 years old, Hall 43.
Tyson can still demolish the pads, but one would hope that they don’t try to turn this into anything more than a charity match.