WIGAN hard-man Stuart Fielden is still waiting to find out whether he will be stepping into the ring to face Willie Mason later this year.
The England Test prop has provisionally given his thumbs up to the idea of boxing the Australian, revealing he would “be up for it, definitely”.
Fielden was famously sent spiralling by a Mason punch in a Test match in Sydney nearly five years ago – an incident that has had more than half a million hits on YouTube.
Since that Tri-Nations series in 2006, the pair have never clashed on the field, and Mason’s move to Super League with Hull KR this season has prompted the idea of a boxing match between the pair.
It was revealed during last November’s Four Nations that Mason’s agent, Greg Keenan, had contacted Fielden to ask whether he would be willing to face him.
At the time, the 31-year-old said he was delaying a decision until after his international commitments with England.
But he has now told the Evening Post he would be happy to get into the ring and face his former Test adversary.
However, he has not been contacted by Mason’s representatives since the initial approach – and is still in the dark about whether the proposal will get off the ground.
“I’d be up for it, definitely,” said Fielden.
“I got a call from his agent and I asked him to call me back after the Grand Final.
“Obviously there are two points of calls on each side, it’s not just about whether the players want to do it but if the clubs will let us.
“So I asked (Mason’s agent) to send the details through and told him I’ll go to the club with it.
“But I’ve not heard anything back since.
“(Hull forward) Lee Radford is planning a boxing event at the end of the year and he’s asked me to take part.
“I don’t know if he wants me boxing him again – we had a charity fight in 2007 – or whether he wants me to fight against Mason.
“Either way I’ll be keen. As long as the timing of it all is okay and the club doesn’t mind me doing it, I’m up for it.”
Former Kangaroos prop Mason has yet to touch down on English soil, having been forced to travel to Tonga – the birthplace of his mother – to secure a Tongan passport, which will exclude him from the Robins’ overseas quota.
Hull KR are still to confirm an exact arrival date for Mason, although chairman Neil Hudgell said this week he hoped to have him on board “by the end of the month”.
Fielden – who earned a new two-year deal on the back of his great form for Wigan last season – could face Mason on the field in their Super League clashes on April 15 and May 30.