Wests Tigers forward Josh Aloiai is the latest NRL player to lace up a pair of boxing gloves.
The powerful back-rower earned a second-round knockout on Saturday night in an event in Liverpool in Sydney.
Showing some serious puglistic talent, Aloiai found his feet early on and earned a knockdown in a dominant first round.
He finished the job just 16-seconds into the second round with a powerful straight right hand.
“I was pretty nervous, I didn’t eat too much today,” Aloiai said in a video posted to the Tigers’ Facebook page.
“I started feeling a bit more comfortable when I got into the changing room and started hitting the pads.
“It was a really good experience, big credit to my opponent – he trained hard and prepared well for the fight.
“Anyone who steps into the ring – it’s not easy. There’s a lot of nerves.
“There were a few Tigers fans there who saw on my Instagram that I was fighting and came along.”
With that kind of form, Aloiai hasn’t ruled out stepping into the ring again.
“I’d love to fight at Fight for Life or something like that,” he said.
“We’ll see what happens, but for now I’ll just take a break and get ready for pre-season – I’m sure Ivan’s not going to take it easy on us.”
Aloiai joins the likes of Paul Gallen, Sonny Bill Williams, Junior Paulo, Bodene Thompson and many others as rugby league players who have stepped into the ring.
Gallen’s next fight is against Fijian Puna Rasaubate on November 10 at Cronulla Leagues Club.
The Sharks captain is still gunning for a fight with SBW, with the Sharks captain waiting for the All Blacks back to agree to the bout.
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Posted by Michael J Perez on Saturday, October 28, 2017