Barry Hall offered Hopoate fight
A Tasmanian boxing promoter is willing to shell out $100,000 for Aussie
Rules football star Barry Hall to fight rugby league bad boy John
Hopoate (pictured) in Hobart next summer.
Grant Brown, himself an undefeated lightweight boxer, has teamed up with
a Melbourne businessman to offer the lucrative carrot to the two
It is the first offer to Hall since Australia's leading boxing agent
Angelo Hyder told sportsnut.com.au that the big Sydney Swans forward
could make up to $10 million if he hung up the footy boots and put on
the boxing gloves.
The story was picked up by the Herald-Sun in Melbourne the following day
and made headlines around the world.
Hopoate's management is said to be interested in the proposed Hobart
Hall's management will be approached in the next few days.
"If Hall's crew is interested we would hold the fight in the AFL's
off-season next summer," Brown said.
But Big Barry, the Swans powerhouse, says he has no immediate plans to
turn his back on football for a career in boxing.
Several boxing promoters and trainers believe Hall could earn much more
money as a heavyweight fighter and have urged him to walk away from the
But Hall said it was not a career move he was seriously considering at
"I've got a few games to play before I think about any of that sort of
stuff, the second half of the year and hopefully some finals," Hall
"Boxing is the furthest thing from my mind. It's a lot of money, there's
a lot of talk going around. I might not be any good. Who knows? No-one