Paul Gallen has slammed his next opponent Kris Terzievski for a perceived lack of interest in promoting their Australasian title fight, calling the Victorian a “softc–k” and branding him a quitter.
Gallen, along with fellow boxers Harry Garside, Nikita Tszyu and Sam Goodman, presented to the media at the Bondi Boxing Club in Waterloo ahead of next week’s Newcastle card.
But Gallen’s opponent was conspicuous by his absence.
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“He didn’t do anything,” Gallen told reporters after his practice session on Wednesday.
“It’s his time to shine, it’s his time to shine in the sun…and he won’t even show up for media engagements.”
The 40-year-old Premiership-winning captain then expanded on his comments, telling Wide World of Sports he had no idea why Terzievski wasn’t doing more to talk about next week’s fight.
“We all have things to do, but he wants to be a boxer and he won’t show up to promote the fight,” he said.
“Look at Sam, look at Nikita, look at Harry – they’re all here. We all have things to do.
“Boxers are always complaining about the lack of support, the lack of publicity they get – and look at the media here. There’s as much media here as there would be at an NRL match, and it’s not is not presented.
“It’s just stupid – it’s literally stupid, it’s downright stupid. There’s not much else I can say about it. They want publicity, they want promotion, but they won’t show up and won’t – and whose fault is that?”
Gallen enters the fight as a very short favorite, but knows his opponent is more than capable with the gloves, regardless of his media ability.
“I’ve seen some of his fights. He’s a good boxer, he’s very fast – but he’s got somewhere somewhere in him, I know that. In his one loss he gave up,” he said. -he declares.
“I have to find this in the night and when I do, he will give up.”
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