Sonny Bill Williams appears to have a couple of prerequisites for his boxing opponents – they have to be in their 40s and former foes of Paul Gallen.

The retired NRL star is reportedly lining up his next fight against 48-year-old former UFC heavyweight contender Mark Hunt, who lost a six-rounder to Gallen on points in 2020.

The Daily Telegraph’s Buzz Rothfield broke the news on Saturday night, reporting Williams had been forced to take the fight after negotiations for a long-awaited bout against Gallen “fell over”.

Williams (9-0) has had two fights since relaunching his career in the ring after retiring from footy, winning a decision against Waikato Felefehi a year ago before emphatically finishing Barry Hall in under two minutes in March this year.

Hall, 45, was fighting professionally for just the second time after splitting a draw with Gallen in 2019.

Boxing fans — and Williams — will hope Hunt can produce some of the fireworks he managed in an entertaining outing against Gallen.

The heavy hitter who fought for a UFC title after an impressive kickboxing career landed some big shots before being outworked by the former Sharks skipper.

Williams’ express finish of Hall was widely seen as a farce as the age gap proved far too wide for the former AFL star to bridge.

Williams, 36, is 12 years younger than Hunt.

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