Sonny Bill Williams (SBW), heavyweight boxer and professional rugby league and rugby union star player has returned to boxing by knocking out Barry Hall in the first round within two minutes in a comeback professional fight on Wednesday 23 March 2022 in Sydney.
SBW, 36, the New Zealand born Muslim revert, married with four kids is a two-time Rugby World Cup and two-time NRL Premiership winner having played for New Zealand’s All Black as well as Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Sydney Roosters.
Retiring from football in March 2021, SBW has boxed professionally seven times, winning all of his heavyweight bouts. He was the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association (NZPBA) Heavyweight Champion and World Boxing Association (WBA) International Heavyweight Champion.
Son of a Samoan father and half-Australian and half-New Zealander mother, SBW converted to Islam in 2009 while in France playing for Toulon, performing Umrah in 2018 and is an active member of the Muslim communities in both Australia as well as New Zealand.
He is an outspoken advocate for his faith combating Islamophobia and made a “tearful message of condolence” for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings and has denounced the treatment of the Uyghurs in China as well as oppression of Muslims elsewhere.