Phil Joseph: Widnes Vikings prop to train as boxer

Phil Joseph
Joseph made 19 appearances for Widnes this season in all competitions

Widnes Vikings prop Phil Joseph has taken his first steps to becoming a professional boxer.

The 29-year-old had been using boxing alongside his regular training when his potential was spotted by a local gym.

Joseph will spend the off-season training at the gym in a bid to make his professional boxing debut.

"I must stress to the fans that my rugby league is the priority and I'll be doing everything in the pre-season as I normally would," said Joseph.

"Once the season starts again my boxing will be on the back burner, but I'll be returning to it as it's something I enjoy."

Joseph had spells with Huddersfield, Hull KR, Halifax, Oldham Roughyeds, Swinton and Bradford before moving to Widnes.

Oliver Harrison, who will be training Joseph, said: "Phil has got a lot of potential. I'm excited working with him.

"I'm hoping to have him boxing in a couple of months time. I'm not sure when he will be fighting, whether that be six weeks, two months or before Christmas."

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