Paul Gallen has confirmed his next fight – a radical double bout on the same night billed as the Blues great against Queensland.
The retired Cronulla champion will fight Maroons greats Justin Hodges and Ben Hannant in the one event at Brisbane’s Nissan Arena on September 15.
Rising Aussie boxing star Harry Garside (3-0) will feature in the co-main event against Miles Zalewski.
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“I said in the lead up to their last fight that there’d be nothing more enjoyable than getting to bash two Queenslanders in one night and here we are,” Gallen said.
“These two couldn’t get my name out of their mouths in the lead up to their last fight. Be careful what you wish for guys, because I’m coming to swing and swing hard and I won’t stop until you are both on the floor regretting the decision.
Paul Gallen celebrates after defeating Lucas Browne by TKO. (Getty)
“I’m actually pumped that the fight is in Brisbane and I couldn’t care less about the crowd. They can boo me all they want but that will only give me more energy to go out and put on a show.”
Gallen carved out a stellar rugby league career but his boxing feats are impressive in their own right.
He’s had 15 professional bouts and won 12, losing two and having a controversial draw against AFL great Barry Hall. His last fight was a unanimous decision loss to Kris Terzievski in May.
But the notion of fighting two different people in the one night is certainly a first for boxing.
His fitness, though, is still up to scratch and he will only need about a month to prepare.
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“I’ve got COVID at the moment so I’ll start next week. The preparation for a fight like this isn’t going to be like the preparation for a Huni or Terzievski, I’m not going to be sparring 25-30 rounds a week,” he told WWOS last week.
“I might only spar 10 rounds a week, so it’s going to be a lot better for my body and my head long-term.”
Gallen reaffirmed his commitment to retire from boxing before this year is out.
But he’s unsure if the September double header will be his last appearance in the ring, floating a final fight in December.
Fans will be hoping that is against Sonny Bill Williams, who Gallen has been chasing for years.
“I’ve told everyone this is my last year. I have one more fight booked in for December, no idea who,” he said.
“This could be it, I don’t know. But this is my last year without a doubt.
“If I have one at the end of the year it will be a proper six-eight round fight, if it happens.”
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