Exiled NRL star Curtis Scott FINALLY lands opponent for debut boxing match – and it’s a former teammate

  • Curtis Scott will square off with former football star Joey Leilua
  • NRL bad boys will battle on March 13 on Wollongong card
  • Last week, Scott said players were “running scared” of him

Exiled former NRL star Curtis Scott is set to take down fellow rugby league bad boy and former teammate Joey Leilua in his professional heavyweight boxing debut.

Australian promoters No Limit will announce the news in a press conference in Wollongong on Tuesday.

The pair are set to headline No Limit’s March 13 pay-per-view card, with Issac Hardman battling Endry Saavedra and Sam Goodman battling Mark Schleibs.

Scott was denied a return to the NRL two months ago and has since been linked with a switch to England’s Super League.

The 26-year-old won a premiership with Melbourne Storm in 2017 and was tipped as a potential State of Origin player, but his career has been cut short by a number of off-field issues.

Curtis Scott will be pitching alongside fellow bad boy and former teammate, Joey Leilua

Curtis Scott will be pitching alongside fellow bad boy and former teammate, Joey Leilua

The pair will square off on No Limit's March 13 pay-per-view card in Wollongong

The pair will square off on No Limit’s March 13 pay-per-view card in Wollongong

In 2022 he was sentenced to a 12-month community correctional order after being found guilty of three charges against his ex-girlfriend, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and stalking or intimidating with intent to cause fear or physical harm cause.

He was sacked by the Canberra Raiders before the assault charge for a separate incident surrounding a nightclub brawl, although he was later cleared of any charges.

He is in a civil battle with NSW Police over an ‘unlawful’ arrest in 2020.

But he has put those issues behind him and is fully focused on a successful career in the ring. The problem, he says, is that no one wants to fight him.

“I’m dirty on the NRL,” he said. ‘I’m now pursuing boxing, and I’m keen to see how far I can take it.

‘It’s frustrating because I know a lot of people didn’t want to put me on one that long ago.

‘Yet now they have a chance to actually do something about it, everyone is scared.

‘I’ve seen and read a lot of negative things people have said about me online.

‘But nobody ever says anything to my face.

The troubled former football star wants to get his boxing career going

The troubled former football star wants to get his boxing career going

Leilua, who also played for the Raiders, was known for his fiery personality on the field

Leilua, who also played for the Raiders, was known for his fiery personality on the field

‘I’m not surprised though; everyone these days acts tough behind a keyboard or a phone.’

Leilua, 32, was also an extremely talented NRL player with a reputation for being a hothead during his 200-game career with the Roosters, Knights, Raiders and Tigers.

He has had two pro fights since ending up at the NRL in 2021.