Sonny Bill Williams makes promise to Jake Paul after being named on ‘hit list’

Sonny Bill Williams has warned Jake Paul he'll be having his "first loss" in professional boxing if he faces him in a bout.

Paul, 25, is making a stir in the sport after experiencing his first professional fight against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib in 2019. He won that clash and the four that have followed since, beating ex-basketball player Nate Robinson, and UFC fighters Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley [twice].

His next opponent is yet to be confirmed, with the influencer having previously called out heavyweight boxing legend Mike Tyson. Tommy Fury has also publicly sought a rearranged bout after withdrawing from the original scheduled fight between the pair last December, citing illness and injury.

But Paul has given an indication of where things are at with his career in a recent interview. Speaking on Teddy Atlas’ podcast 'The Fight' ,the American revealed a six-man shortlist of who he will be facing next.

“Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya, Anderson Silva, Michael Bisping, Tommy Fury or Sonny-Bill Williams out of Australia," he said. "There’s a lot of people on the hit-list and some other names that we’re talking to. Just trying to pick the biggest opponent."

Williams, 36, has a 9-0 record in pro boxing, having successfully combined combat sports with his rugby career. The New Zealander is is only the second person to represent his country in union after first playing for the nation in rugby league, and has won the World Cup [union] twice.

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Last month, he faced AFL star Barry Hall at heavyweight level and scored a stunning knockout win inside two minutes in Sydney. And now, 'Sonny Bill' has taken to Twitter to respond to 'The Problem Child'.

"Looks like I’m on the hit list," he wrote. "I’m not gonna hate on this guy at all as I respect what he’s done. I also really respect his skillset as a boxer. But if he wants some he can get it!"

Williams signed off the post by goading Paul over his current unbeaten record: "Yours respectfully – your first loss." He didn't however, address Paul's apparent struggle with geography.

Another former international rugby star did though, with Ugo Monye picking up on Paul seemingly not knowing that Williams is from New Zealand. He responded to the Tweet by writing “Sonny Williams outta Australia."

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