Jeff Horn has a grim prediction for Gallen’s two-fight showdown however the New South Welshman is only one win away from claiming the choclates on this historic night time.
MAIN EVENT: PAUL GALLEN DEF. JUSTIN HODGES VIA TKO
It’s over! Gallen stops Hodges because the referee steps in. No Restrict boss Matty Rose may be scene screaming on the referee. Hodges was by no means the identical after that canine shot within the earlier spherical. Hodges is fuming however the result’s ultimate.
Paul Gallen is down! Hoges drops his rival with a fantastic left hand. Gallen does effectively to outlive. OH MY WORD! The referee has misplaced full management as Gallen pushes Hodges over the ropes and lands an enormous shot. Hodges is down however the ref trells him to stand up. Wild stuff as Gallen explodes.
Soldier Boi – I don’t know why that’s becoming walkout music for Hodgo however it’s. Gal out to that bizarre tune that’s in each 12 months 12 end-of-season rugby spotlight bundle. OK, right here we go! Gal’s head is busted up. Gal on the lookout for the early end. OH! Hodges rocks Gallen with a relentless mixture. One other proper hand lands on the left-side of Gallen’s noggin. Gallen warned for rabbit punching. Nice spherical. That’s a draw 10-10 … I’m sitting on the fence.
9.25PM: JOE GOODALL DEF ARSENE FOSSO VIA TKO
The ultimate combat earlier than the primary occasion … could possibly be a fast one. Joe Goodall scores the TKO to bounce again from his devastating loss to Justis Huni.
8.55PM: LACHIE HIGGINS DEF BEN HUSSAIN VIA TKO
‘Bubba’ and Hussain are up. The ‘Hypebeast’ has been derailed by Lachie Higgins. ‘Bubba’ scored a second spherical TKO to win the IBO Oriental middleweight belt.
8.43PM: JUNIOR TAFA VS. DAVID TULILOA VIA TKO
UFC hopeful Junior Tafa has gained his boxing debut. Will he win the guts of Uncle Dana?
8.18: PAUL GALLEN DEF BEN HANNANT VIA DECISION 40-37, 40, 36, 40-36
Paul Gallen kicked off his double header in fashion with a unanimous factors victory over a courageous Ben Hannant, who carried two damaged ribs into their showdown at Brisbane’s Nissan Enviornment.
There was a lot conjecture over which fighter would kick off proceedings in opposition to Gallen, however Hannant – not Justin Hodges – emerged first and he impressed the gang with a wholehearted show.
Gallen was tipped to knockout Hannant however the Polar Bear bared his enamel and made the previous NSW Origin skipper work onerous for his unanimous factors (40-37, 40-36, 40-36) victory.
Extremely, Hannant suffered two damaged ribs in a park soccer match a month in the past and he stored the damage secret to make sure there have been no excuses coming into the ring in opposition to Gallen.
Gallen will likely be given no less than a one-hour break earlier than he returns to the ring to face Hodges, who will fancy an upset after watching Hannant take loads of fuel out of the 348-game NRL luminary.
Each males completed with some bruising, with Gallen’s trainers making use of ice underneath his left eye within the dressing room.
“Ben Hannant is one robust man, I’ve performed footy on the highest degree with him, he’s robust as nails,” Gallen stated.
“I got here ahead and he stored closing the gap, so he did rather well.
“I used to be really stunned by his motion.
Hannant was thrilled along with his efficiency, made extra spectacular by the revelation he entered the ring with busted ribs.
“I’m not a fighter, everybody is aware of that, however one of the simplest ways to study is to get hit,” Hannant stated.
“I bought an damage 4 weeks in the past enjoying park footy.
“I broke two of my ribs and if Gal bought me in that space, I’d have been stuffed, however there’s no excuses, he’s a significantly better fighter than me.
“I simply needed to point out I by no means stop and right here I’m, nonetheless standing.
“I nonetheless have a reasonably face and I do know I harm Gallen, I bought him with a very good proper and he almost went down, however he was too good general.”
Fourth and ultimate spherical. Gal, maybe unwisely, is on the lookout for the end right here. The person needs to make an announcement nevertheless it might show detrimental for the return bout. Hannant throwing a masterful double punch. GALLEN IS CUT LATE! The New South Welshman takes out the primary combat however Hodgo will likely be concentrating on that mouse underneath Gal’s left eye. Gallen couldn’t resist a jab at Hodgo after the combat: “I at all times stated he (Hannant) was more durable than Hodges.”
Extra of the identical. It’s not fairly – very similar to how these males went about their footy! Benny Hannant is completely pooped. Gal not a lot … however time will inform. “He’s finished his job for Queensland no matter occurs,” Ben Damon muses because the bell rings. Gallen 30-29
The Polar Bear now appears to be like like he’s going extinct on his chair between rounds. The physique punches he took within the first could have taken a toll. Gallen ramping up his output. Hannant on wobbly legs however he gained’t again down! Gal wins it comfortably 20-20
Right here we go! The Polar Bear appears to be like like Kelly ‘The Ghost’ Pavlick at Nissen Enviornment! Hannant measuring Gal along with his jab as two proper arms creep by. Gal’s plan is obvious – preserve vitality and decide his pictures. Gal appears to be like snug on the chair. Hannant 10-9
7.52PM: A FRUSTRATED GAL SPEAKS
Flanked by his son for the primary time throughout his boxing profession, a wrapped and prepared Paul Gallen says he’ll take his frustrations out on Justin Hodges and Ben Hannant because the order of the combat stays a thriller.
“It has been irritating,” Gallen stated of the combat order. “Even at the moment I rang Matt Rose and stated the media is out of the best way let me know who’s coming first however he nonetheless wouldn’t let me know.
“I don’t care, I’m ten occasions fitter than these guys, ten occasions more durable so it doesn’t matter who comes out first.”
Gal noticed warming up along with his son. A beautiful little second.
7.45PM: TY TELFORD DEF VANLALAWMPUIA VIA TKO
Welcome again Ty Telford! The Aussie dispatches Vanlalawmpuia within the first.
7.35PM: RENOLD QUINLAN DEF. JACK BOWEN VIA KO
Renold Quinlan is again! The journeyman loves an upset, stopping Daniel Geale for a world title however this knockout win over rising star Jack Bowen could be one of the best victory of his profession after a current eight-fight slide.
7.21PM: HORN’S FEARS, FIGHT ORDER
Australian boxing legend Jeff Horn believes the percentages are in opposition to Paul Gallen tonight.
The previous world champion recognized the hour hole between bouts are prone to bodily and mentally drain Gallen.
“I don’t see how Gallen wins,” Horn stated on the Most important Occasion protection. “You’re bodily and mentally stuffed after the primary combat after which you have got one other recent man leaping in.”
“I’m guessing Gallen will need to get Justin Hodges out of the ring early earlier than bringing it house in opposition to Hannant.”
Ben Hannant revealed he and Hodges will each put together to combat first however nonetheless stay in darkish over the order.
7.15PM: GALLEN, HODGES ARE IN THE BUILDING
HOW GALLEN’S HISTORIC BOUTS WILL UNFOLD
After weeks of debate, which noticed Gallen threaten to stroll away, the format has been confirmed.
Each fights will likely be 4, two-minute rounds and Gallen is about to have no less than an hour break in between.
Ben Hannant is anticipated to be the primary opponent earlier than Justin Hodges and Gallen shut the cardboard.
Earlier within the week, Gallen accused his promoter No Restrict of throwing him underneath the bus for not telling their fighter the order.
“Generally, (I’m) not feeling nice about it,” Gallen advised information.com.au.
“My preparation goes OK, I’m positively match. My combat health and all the pieces is okay, however I’m not glad about.
“It’s a giant ask — combating two guys on one night time and I nonetheless don’t know who I’m combating first and what’s happening, how the combat’s going to work. It’s a little bit of a ache within the a*** to be trustworthy.”
Including to Gallen’s frustration is the extraordinary monetary incentive for Hodges and Hannant ought to they beat their rival.
The Queensland greats agreed phrases on a rematch clause that may see the duo pocket $1 million every for a return bout with Gallen, who can have his retirement combat in December.
Miles Zalewski vs. Shiva Mishra
Miles Zalewski, Harry Garside’s first skilled opponent, stops Mishra within the third spherical. Is a rematch on the playing cards? Jeff Fenech doesn’t suppose so.
Jalen Tait def. Sachin Mudaliar by way of TKO/KO
Sachin Mudaliar stepped in for his brother on two-day’s discover – he ought to have stayed at house after being dropped like a sack of spuds within the second spherical.
Ange Harries def. Angel Rushton by way of unanimous resolution
Angel Rushton, daughter of Glenn who famously educated Jeff Horn, loses for the primary time in her skilled profession.
SHOCK OPPONENT GAL WANTS AS FINAL FIGHT
Paul Gallen’s retirement combat could possibly be a multimillion-dollar showdown in opposition to UFC legend Rob Whittaker.
On the eve of his double header in opposition to Justin Hodges and Ben Hannant tonight in Brisbane, Information Corp can reveal Gallen’s promoters, No Restrict Boxing, have held talks with Whittaker for a cross-combat blockbuster earlier than Christmas this 12 months.
Gallen has one combat left on his contract with No Restrict – and the boxing selling powerhouse needs the NRL legend to exit in a blaze of glory in opposition to Whittaker.
The Auckland-born former UFC world champion and can be a harmful opponent for Gallen, who not too long ago turned 41 and is cautious of the batterings he copped in opposition to Justis Huni and Kris Terzievski previously 15 months.
Whittaker beat Martin Vettori a fortnight in the past in France and No Restrict boss Matt Rose confirmed he has had a number of discussions with the 31-year-old, who was as soon as in a improvement program at Cronulla, the very NRL membership the place Gallen gained a premiership in 2016.
Rose stated if Gallen disposes of Hannant and Hodges at Brisbane’s Nissan Enviornment – as anticipated – he’ll ramp-up plans for a swansong showdown with Whittaker.
“A Hannant and Hodges combat stands in the best way of an enormous crossover combat between Gal and Rob Whittaker,” Rose stated.
“I used to be in France not too long ago to observe Rob’s combat and after his victory, I sat down for talks with Rob about combating Gal.
“We’ve been chatting with Rob and his crew for 2 years about this and we’re now on the stage the place we need to critically advance negotiations to make this combat a actuality.
“Rob says he can be eager to do it, however he’s bought some contractual commitments to the UFC that we have to work by.
“Measurement-wise there’s not a lot of a distinction. Rob walks round at about 95kg and Gal is round 100kg, so it will be an incredible cross-over combat and we’d like to make it occur if Gal is up for one final main combat.”
Gallen would require a mammoth payday to contemplate combating Whittaker given the heavy punishment he absorbed in his courageous losses to Huni and Terzievski.
The most important payday of his profession was the $1.6 million bonanza he pocketed from his 10-round slugfest in opposition to Huni, greater than triple the estimated $500,000 he’ll obtain for combating Hannant and Hodges.
Gallen admits he is able to grasp up the gloves after a outstanding 21-year skilled sporting profession.
“I’m trying ahead to it being throughout,” he stated.
“I’m on the again finish now and I’m sick of selling issues. I’m sick of being the man carrying the present, I’m a bit over that and I’m over the sparring.
“There’s little question I’ve copped loads. I’ve educated actually onerous over time and I’ve copped some large punches.
“Bodily, the hardest factor I’ve ever finished in my NRL and boxing profession was my combat in opposition to Terzievski.
“I don’t know if that was my age displaying, however I’ve by no means been so spent like I used to be that night time.
“In spherical 9, I nearly stopped him after which in spherical 10, I attempted to get him, he was working from me and I simply couldn’t chase him, I used to be completely gone. I had nothing.
“I had by no means felt that drained in another second of my profession, however perhaps that was me displaying my age at 41.
“I used to be completely f****d.”
Spouse’s orders: Hannant combating Gallen for household pool
— Robert Craddock
Ben Hannant stated “no’’ thrice to a combat with Paul Gallen earlier than giving in to somebody he had no likelihood of defeating … his spouse.
“I stored on saying no however we’re constructing a brand new home and my spouse (Emma) stored saying if I took this combat we might put a pool in,’’ Hannant stated.
“You already know what they are saying – glad spouse, glad life – so right here we go.’’
That yet-to-be-constructed pool – let’s name it the Paul Gallen Aquatic Centre – is about for a significant exercise.
Hannant is a father of eight and whereas the brand new home will get constructed on his Gold Coast acreage, Hannant, Emma and their eight youngsters have squeezed into a 3 bed room, one lavatory cottage in the back of their property.
Hannant is anticipated to combat warrior Gallen within the first of Gallen’s two fights at Nissan Enviornment earlier than former fellow Bronco Justin Hodges takes the 41-year-old on an hour or so later.
The night time has develop into to boxing what the Huge Bash is to cricket – an uncommon spectacle which some (Hannant) price as an leisure occasion whereas others (Gallen) deal with lethal critically.
“I positively suppose what I’m doing is all about leisure,’’ Hannant stated at Wednesday’s weigh-in.
“I’d be kidding myself – and that is the error I made once I fought Hodgo – if I believed I might do in 4 weeks what boxers take 10 to twenty years to study. You can’t try this.
“I’m a dumb front-rower. We will take up one or two key factors, that’s all. We’re going to be throwing sledgehammers. All you want is one or two to attach …’’
Hannant, who actually ought to change his nickname from the Polar Bear to the Grizzly Bear if he’s to be handled critically by the boxing world, was flashing his prepared smile on combat eve however this can be a harmful night time.
Prize-fighter Gallen is no-one’s thought of Australia’s Tyson Fury however he’s robust, skilled and ruthless.
Will probably be in his greatest pursuits to try to end off Hannant as rapidly as attainable to preserve vitality for Hodges.
Hannant could take into account it leisure however there’s nothing entertaining about consuming a leather-based sandwich for dinner when your youngsters are ringside so he have to be ready to deal with some heavy remedy.
When Hodges was knocked out by Darcy Lussick he stated probably the most chastening a part of the complete night time within the ring was having his son Carter cry on the cellphone to him when he returned to the dressing room.
It raises the query about how boxers can protect their youngsters to the fallout however Hannant has no reservations about bringing his clan.
“It’s actual life. A number of time as dad and mom we defend our children and shelter them. That is the true world. You’ll have folks go in opposition to what you consider.
“The older youngsters are arising for the combat. It’s a late night time for them nevertheless it’s a win-win. They’re happy with their dad for getting in and having a crack. If I win they are going to be proud and if I lose they get to take the piss out of me. We’re household. We are going to collectively and we lose collectively and have enjoyable.
“I’ve finished iron mans and marathons. I feel in the event you face challenges and run in the direction of them you might be by no means the identical once more.’’
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