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Webb and Mason get close before Friday

By Tom Wald 05/05/2008 05:45:33 PM Comments (0)

Before they get it on, Willie Mason and Carl Webb have got to get along.

That is the case for the wannabe professional boxers before Australia's Centenary rugby league Test with New Zealand at the SCG on Friday night.

The rugby league hard men have been paired up in their Sydney hotel room this week and it would be priceless to be a fly on the wall as they unpack their bags.

That's because only a few months ago Webb challenged Mason to a fight.

And in an unusual situation for anything boxing related, the North Queensland wrecking ball was in no mood to promote a potential bout with the big Rooster on Monday.

"Me and Will are rooming together but before you get started there will be no comment on the fight," said Webb.

"We just want to focus on the game this week."

The concept of Queensland's Webb and New South Welshman Mason going toe-to-toe in the ring has all the ingredients of a money-spinner with the fight to be drawn along State of Origin battle lines.

Webb thought being roomed with Mason wasn't an intentional move by team management, the pair to enjoy even more time together as they've been named on the bench for Australia.

"I am not really sure how it all worked out, maybe it was numbered," he said.

"I did not know a lot of the guys this week. I had met them here and there after games and that sort of stuff but it is good to make more friends.

"I like being a part of camp life."

But had he or Mason packed boxing gloves in their kit?

"Let's just cut this out, there will be no more comments about this, you might just catch me out," Webb said.

One of the reasons that Mason left the Bulldogs for the Roosters in the off-season was because of the club's reluctance for him to enter the fight game.

Mason, at 196cm and 115kg, would have a considerable reach advantage over the stocky Webb, who is listed at 182cm and 108kg.

But the Cowboys enforcer has valuable experience as an amateur boxing champion.

The headline-grabbing Mason was off limits to the media on Monday but will be let loose on Wednesday.

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