Sonny Bill Williams Getting Help From David Nyika

Commonwealth Games gold medallist David Nyika has been helping Sonny Bill Williams prepare for his return to the boxing ring and describes the code-swapping star as "class".

Nyika, who won the light-heavyweight division in Glasgow last year to give New Zealand a rare Games boxing success, sparred with the All Blacks midfielder this week.

He posted a video of a three-minute round of the action in the ring with Williams on his Facebook page.

"As promised, a video of Sonny and I getting in some work," he wrote.

"For all the SBW fans AND the haters, here's a sample of the man's class. Keep in mind Sonny had just done 10 rounds, and I hadn't been in the ring for 3 months."

Nyika is based in Hamilton, presenting an ideal source of help for Williams, who is training there with the Chiefs in preparation for his return to Super Rugby.

Heavyweight Williams will end a two-year break from boxing when he fights American veteran Chauncy Welliver in Sydney on January 31.

In the video, his movement looked good and he fired off a couple of combinations that proved tricky for Nyika.

Chiefs and All Blacks loose forward Liam Messam will make his professional boxing debut on the same card.

Williams and Messam are using the same Hamilton gym where Nyika trains.

"Sonny Bill Williams and Liam Messam both got in some good rounds of sparring. The boys are looking super sharp heading towards their fights later this month!" Nyika posted on his Facebook page  this week.

Meanwhile, Nyika has taken another step in his campaign to make the Rio de Janeiro Olympics next year.

The gifted 19-year-old plans to step up a division to the heavyweights.

He has taken on a partnership with Hamilton-based supplement store Sportsfuel to help his nutritional programme as he looks to slowly bulk up for the jump in divisions.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Post a Comment - View More User Comments (0)
Top Headlines Espinoza: Showtime Not Going Anywhere; Spending More $$$ In 2019 Salvador Briseno Inks Promotional With All Star Boxing News: Zuhayr Al-Qahtani, Ward, McCullough, Doyle, Egbunike Tony Bellew: Usyk is a Monster – But I Can Knock Him Out! Joshua's Promoter: The Sole Focus, 100%, is Wilder Fight in April Usyk-Bellew Card: Cordina-Cardle, Crolla-Yordan, Walsh-Lowe II Photos: Tony Bellew, Oleksandr Usyk - Face To Face at Presser Groves: We Are Supremely Confident of Beating Callum Smith Tony Bellew: I'm Not Scared Of Usyk's 'Crazy Ukrainian Look' Hearn: Joshua Had Horrific Camp, Flu Before Fighting Povetkin WBC Prez: Canelo vs. Charlo Status To Be Clarified at Convention Anthony Joshua-Alexander Povetkin: Afterthoughts Nietes' Trainer: No Palicte Rematch, We Want The Best at 115 McCallum Turns To Former Foe in Bid To Make Improvements Hearn Warns Warren: Fury Will Never Get 50-50 Split For Joshua Kosei Tanaka Beats Sho Kimura in Absolute War For WBO Title Anthony Joshua Smiles: This Payday is Deontay Wilder's Legacy! Zakaria Attou Stripped of EBU Belt, Milas vs. Tintor on Oct. 6 Labour MP Believes Boxing Can Help Knockout Knife Crime Joshua, Wilder, Fury Comprise Boxing's Ultimate Reality Show Eleider Alvarez Felt Golovkin Won, Vows To Beat Down Kovalev Jean Pascal vs. Gary Kopas at Cruiserweight on November 9 Oquendo: WBA Should Do The Right Thing, Crown Me Champion WBC Prez is Proud of Povetkin's Performance With Joshua Linares Finds New Hunger at 140, Still Eyes Mikey Garcia, Loma Oscar Valdez To Start Training Camp With Reynoso on October 1 Anthony Joshua: I'll Fight Wilder Even If He Loses To Tyson Fury Juanma: I Hope Gamboa Faces Me, Doesn't Run To Fight Loma Hearn: Wilder Must Agree Now, We Won't Wait Until Fury Fight! Joshua: Povetkin Strong, But Didn't Hurt Me In The First Round Photos: Luke Campbell Avenges Loss To Yvan Mendy Dillian Whyte To Anthony Joshua: I'm Here, Ready To Fight Next Photos: Sergey Kuzmin Stops Injured David Price in Four Joshua Wants Wilder-Fury Winner April 13 at Wembley Stadium Photos: Anthony Joshua Blasts Out Povetkin - MEGA Gallery Anthony Joshua: Fans Can Decide My April Foe! Photos: Lawrence Okolie Defeats Matty Askin in a Stinker Photos: Shakhram Giyasov Breaks Down, Stops Laguna Danny Garcia: Porter Loss Was Tough, I Have A lot of Fight Left! Jayson Velez Demolishes Orlando Cruz in Two Rounds

Latest Active Forum Threads