Former NRL star Anthony Watts to get in the ring

FORMER NRL star turned “reformed” biker Anthony Watts has passed all drug and medical tests taken on Wednesday despite been arrested for steroid possession last week.

Police raided Watts’ Gold Coast unit the same day he announced he planned to make his debut in boxing.

Watts told the Courier Mail that the raid was a publicity stunt for Network 10’s new reality show ‘Gold Coast Cops’ which aired this week.


“They didn’t have any footage of me for the show so I was kind of waiting for it,’’ he said.

After been given the all clear following tests, Watts is preparing for his first fight at Jupiters Casino on November 6 where he will be facing Sydney disability worker Ivan Pacho.

Watts claims to be fighting for redemption after turning his back on ruby league and joining the notorious Finks, later renamed Mongols, motorcycle club last year.

Anthony previously played for NRL team Cronulla Sharks and North Queensland before moving to the Sydney Roosters in 2011.

After been suspended indefinitely by the NRL club he signed to professional English side the Widnes Vikings in 2012.

Despite extending his contract with the Vikings till the end of 2013 he was released by the team in May 2012 to return home due to personal reasons.

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