NRL Fight Night: Start time and how to watch live in Australia
A "Dirty Dozen" of former and current NRL stars are preparing to trade blows in the boxing ring in Townsville.
It's fair to say this may not be an event for boxing purists but it should be a heck of a lot of fun to watch. Despite the official name being All Stars Fight Night, due to its heavy rugby league presence it's also being called NRL Fight Night.
The six-fight card, kicks off with former NRL bad boy Todd Carney taking on ex-Titans skipper Scott Prince. It all concludes with big boppers Ben Hannant and Josh Papalii going hammer and tongs in a "heavyweight" division.
For current players it's strong mental and physical preparation for the upcoming NRL season, while for ex-players it's a chance to rekindle past glories, settle old scores or simply rediscover the passion and adrenaline they crave from their years of elite sport.
When does the NRL Fight Night start?
The first fight is due to start at 7pm AEDT on Friday 12 February at the Townsville Entertainment & Convention Centre.
How to watch All Stars Fight Night live in Australia
The only way to watch this event is by subscribing to the pay-per-view on Main Event. You have a number of options for accessing the Main Event channel on Foxtel, which will cost you $49.95. The PPV event will not be available to purchase via Kayo Sports.
Stream NRL Fight Night on Main Event
You can catch this showdown of past and present NRL greats a number of ways. Foxtel customers can order the fight night directly on the Main Event website, using the My Foxtel app, via your remote control or by phone for a one-off fee of $49.95.
Customers with Optus TV featuring Foxtel can also order the event, but only over the phone. Ordering with a phone agent will incur an additional $2 booking fee.
Watch NRL All-Stars Fight Night at a venue
The following venues around Australia are listed as having access to Main Event. However, we strongly encourage you to call the venue in advance to confirm if they'll be showing the fight or if a booking is required due to COVID restrictions.
All Stars Fight Night – Rugby League Rivals full card
- Fight 1 – Todd Carney vs Scott Prince
- Fight 2 – Craig Gower vs Matt Bowen
- Fight 3 – Sandor Earl vs Justin Hodges
- Fight 4 – Willie Mason vs Sam Thaiday
- Fight 5 – Junior Paulo vs Neville Costigan
- Fight 6 – Josh Papalii vs Ben Hannant
Who will be the winners of NRL Fight Night?
It's difficult to make predictions given many of the pugilists will be entering the ring for the first time. They will also only have three two-minute rounds to conquer their opponent.
Based on our preconceptions of their fitness levels, toughness and ability to pack a decent punch and withstand punishment, we're tipping Scott Prince, Craig Gower, Justin Hodges (only because of his previous boxing experience), Sam Thaiday, Junior Paulo and Josh Papalii to emerge victorious in their respective bouts.
Ben "Polar Bear" Hannant vs Raiders enforcer Papalii promises to be a juicy match-up. As the father of eight kids, it's no wonder Hannant is keen out of the house for some serious training to fight Papalii, who recently told SEN: "Getting punched in the face isn't too bad for me. I'm not good looking so it doesn't bother me anyway."