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Michael Witt calls on Chris Sandow to agree ex-Eels halfback battle

TGW & Smithy 27/10/2016
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The latest edition of Rugby League week posed the question – Anybody out there want to knock out Chris Sandow? 

The former Eels halfback is scheduled to fight on a special charity fight night to help raise funds for charities FSHD Global and Livin in Sydney on December 8, but he needs an opponent.

The article captured the attention of Michael Witt, himself also a former Eels halfback during an eleven year career where he represented four NRL clubs and two English Super League clubs.

He answered the challenge but with a twist.

“100% I’ll jump in the ring with Chris Sandow,” Witt declared.

“But lets go to the next level, forget the corporate fight in the 16oz gloves, let’s do it properly in a professional bout and lets do it in the capital of Australian boxing – Toowoomba.

“The home of the big fights promoted by my manager Brendon Smith.

“Plus we’re both Queenslanders so let’s do it in the Sunshine State.

“He’s a half back, I was a half back, we’ve both played in the NRL and the UK super league so let’s do it.

“Toowoomba, early 2017, I’m willing if Chris is.”

Witt’s trainer manager Brendon Smith is very keen to explore the possibility of setting up a showdown between Chris Sandow and Michael Witt.

“We have proven we are willing to bring the big fights to Toowoomba,” Brendon Smith.

“Earlier in the year we hosted Paul Gallen, we’ve had World champions Michael Katsidis and Jack Asis fight on our cards, we’ve hosted Olympians like Luke Jackson , Commonwealth Games reps like Justin Whitehead, we’ve brought in World class fighters from across the globe and on November twenty five we create history again with an Aussie superfight between Kris George and Cameron Hammond for the Commonwealth title.

“So can we bring Chris Sandow to Toowoomba? Absolutely.

“The fight makes sense, they’re both Queenslanders, they’ve both former Parramatta Eel’s halfbacks and they’re both great athletes.

“Mick has had the one pro fight and I have it on good authority Chris Sandow is very capable in the ring.

“We could explore hosting this one in early 2017.

“Michael Witt is happy to be in one corner, let’s see if we can get Chris Sandow in the other.”

Michael Witt is a Toowoomba boy who made name for himself with the Parramatta Eels as a young gun superstar in the early 2000’s before forging a successful career with stops at the Manly Sea Eagles, New Zealand Warriors, London Broncos, Crusaders and St George Illawarra Dragons before announcing his retirement in 2014.

After hanging up the boots he jumped into the boxing ring and made his pro debut in 2015 under the guidance of Brendon Smith.

He is still on the lookout for first number two – could it be Chris Sandow?

“While I’ve only had the one fight, which was over one year ago and I’m happy to put the boxing boots on and head to the gym and prep for this one,” Michael Witt said.

“I’m always ready to challenge myself and Chris Sandow would be a big challenge for me.

“My manager Brendon Smith is respected across the World so he’ll handle things from here.

“To Chris Sandow and his management, call Brendon and let’s get this deal done and set up an all Queensland showdown in the Garden City in early 2017.”

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