Sonny Bill Williams took up boxing to help pay $1m debt after infamous rugby league exit

Sonny Bill Williams took up boxing to help pay $1m debt after infamous rugby league exit

As far as acrimonious exits go, Sonny Bill Williams' first departure from rugby league was about as bitter as they come. Considered by many to be the greatest NRL prospect of his generation, Williams was only 18 months into a five-year contract worth upwards of $2.5million when he left the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs on short notice in 2008. The Bulldogs weren't made aware their star had left midway through the season until his move to French rugby union outfit Toulon—coached at the time by former All Black Tana Umaga—had been confirmed. Not settled with simply swapping codes, Williams has also delved into boxing and made his professional debut in July 2009, the first of eight professional fights he's had to date, having yet to taste defeat. And although it was his …
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