Box­ing pro­moter’s of­fer to Bali brawler

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

FIGHT pro­moter Matt Rose wants to sign up Mel­bourne Storm front-rower Nel­son Asofa-Solomona and use footage from the Bali brawl to pro­mote him.

The grainy footage of the Storm m en­forcer un­leash­ing a se­ries of thun­der­ing blows on the man who cow­ard-punched his team­mate Su­liasi Vu­ni­valu at a Bali night­club has con­vinced Rose that Asofa-Solomona will make it as a boxer.

“Ab­so­lutely he’d make it,” Rose said, “The way he throws ’em, he’d put a few on no­tice. You wouldn’t want to be on the end of them.

“I’d love to have a chat with him about it. We’re the No.1 pro­mot­ers in the coun­try and we know tal­ent when we see some­one like Nel­son.

“Se­ri­ously, we’d use that footage from Bali to pro­mote him.”

Asofa-Solomona is un­der con­tract with Storm un­til 2023.

He would need per­mis­sion from the club to em­bark on a box­ing ca­reer in the off-sea­son.

The train­ing re­quired is vastly dif­fer­ent what rugby league play­ers do in an off-sea­son.

Re­cently re­tired Cronulla Sharks en­forcer Paul Gallen, pre­par­ing to fight Barry Hall next month, says Asofa-Solomona would be a “mas­sive draw­card.”

But he was cau­tious about pre­dict­ing he would make it.

“He’s a big, scary-look­ing thing,” Gallen said, but jump­ing into a ring is dif­fer­ent to play­ing rugby league or fight­ing in the street.

“I’d like to see him have a go be­cause so much has been said about the Bali in­ci­dent and ev­ery­one would watch him.”

Storm CEO Dave Don­aghy de­clined to com­ment when asked if the club would al­low him to fight.

Nel­son Asofa Solomona in ac­tion for the Storm and, inset, the Bali brawl.

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