Tim Tszyu is impressed with the courage of Paul Gallen as he prepares for his blockbuster double fight, but the champion boxer believes Justin Hodges is about to give the Cronulla Sharks legend “a bit of conflict”.
The Australian super-welterweight megastar weighed in on Gallen’s mega-mission on September 15 in Brisbane, when the New South Wales Blues great will face former Queensland Maroons representatives Hodges and Ben Hannant on the same night.
“I think it’s cheeky of Paul to face two opponents. It’s going to be tough,” Tszyu said.
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“Hodgo will also give him a bit of a hard time. It won’t be easy.
“Hannant, on the other hand – I don’t know too much about him but I think Gal has it covered.”
Gallen is set to repeat the heroics of Australia’s first-ever world champion, Young Griffo.
He fought two elite bouts in one night in 1890 – a feat he tackled three times that year.
“It’s a tough gig, man…I do it sparring. We bring in four opponents, trade them, rotate them,” Tszyu said.
“He does it in a real fight where the adrenaline goes up and then down. See how he reacts to that.
“It’s going to be interesting, man. I’m curious how he’s going to do this.”
Gallen wanted to jump in the ring for his second fight right after the first, but officials said an hour had to be scheduled between the two fights.
The 41-year-old hopes to improve his professional boxing record to 14-2-1 in the Origin-themed epic.
“He’s awesome, man. He’s a good fighter, man,” Tszyu said.
“He fought Justis (Huni). He stayed in the pocket, went almost the full distance. Justis is an exceptional fighter. He mixed with him and he’s just a rugby (league) player. decided to try boxing. go.”
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