Two-time Rugby World Cup-winner Keven Mealamu was confirmed on Wednesday as the headline act for the return of the Fight for Life charity event next month.
For 13 years, Mealamu helped the All Blacks deliver knockout punch after knockout punch.
Now, after almost seven years in rugby retirement, the 43-year-old former hooker would be delivering punches for real as he stepped into the realm of professional boxing.
A decision he said was easier than some might think.
"When the opportunity arose, I had butterflies and excitement and nervousness at the same time.