Rugby

Boxing All Blacks floored!

2013-12-18 13:12
Liam Messam (Gallo Images)
Auckland - All Black and Chiefs flank Liam Messam and prop Ben Tameifuna both lost their boxing matches against Rugby League players in a charity boxing event in Auckland.

VIDEO: Liam Messam v Paul Gallen

The 29-year old loose-forward fought against Kangaroos and Cronulla Sharks forward Paul Gallen in the "Fight for Life" main event to raise funds for children's charity KidsCan.

Gallen won the three-round bout in a split-decision, winning the first two round overall on the judges' scorecard.

In the other match-up, Chiefs front-rower Tameifuna lost to Kangaroos and Brisbane Broncos forward Sam Thaiday by unanimous decision, despite outweighing the Australian by a whopping 31kg, and breaking his sparring partner's jaw in training in the run-up to the bout.

This capped a disappointing week for All Blacks who dabble in boxing, after cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams was stripped of his professional boxing belts earlier this week after failing to defend his WBA heavyweight titles within the designated time frame.


It was the first time all year that anyone had beaten an All Black. (Gallo Images)

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