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NRL stars turned professional boxers Paul Gallen and Justin Hodges will face off in the ring once again.
Both said it was their last fight and will be looking to end their boxing careers in style.
With no love lost between the two State of Origin rivals, their hatred for each other spilled over into the boxing world when they met in September. Gallen came away victorious thanks to a controversial TKO win, and we all knew their story wasn’t over.
Hodges claimed he was hit illegally as he was pushed over the ropes by Gallen, and many agreed with him, including former Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech.
“He was pushed over the rope and kicked. How illegal is that? Fenech asked during the commentary, also stating that if Hodges had stayed down he would have won by disqualification.
Naturally, a war of words ensued and a rematch was born.
Gallen defended his victory and Hodges launched a legal action over the result. The two also objected to the rules for their upcoming fight, including changes to the length of rounds.
“Two and a half minutes, the first time. You’re not a man of your word,” Gallen said at a press conference on Monday.
“I had a lot of people text me saying ‘he’s not a real Queenslander, all Queenslanders have is their word’ and he went back on his word.
“He stood in the ring that night and said he would fight six threes (one minute rounds), he went back, wanted to fight six twos. Apparently there was a health issue if he fought three minute rounds, that’s how embarrassing.
“What about you? You came out and said you had a headache, now you want to get punched in the head more – what an idiot,” Hodges said.
And the heated debate continued.
“I’m going to give him back what he gave me in Brisbane – a few low blows,” Hodges said.
“I worked pretty hard on low kicks, hopefully the ref will stay out of that.
“I have to (make low kicks), he does. I heard he does, so why not. I learned from good opponents at home, so why not, if the ref doesn’t break it.
“I have a lot of power, hopefully I catch him once and he goes down. We saw him go down in Brisbane quite easily so this time I’m going to hit him harder.
Gallen didn’t have a bar. “You keep talking about dirty tricks…remember your dirty trick?” Where the ref called ‘break’ and you cracked me with a right hand – but that’s okay because you apologized,” Gallen said. “So it’s okay because you apologized?”
“This time I won’t apologize,” Hodges replied.
Let’s just see what these two can offer in the ring on Wednesday night.
What time does the undercard start?
The undercard starts at 7 p.m. (AEST), 6:30 p.m. (ACST) and 5 p.m. (AWST).
Where is the fight?
Aware Super Theatre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.
How can I watch the fight live and how much does it cost?
In addition to being on location, the fight is available live only via pay-per-view Main Event. You can click here to subscribe and watch Main Event fights via Foxtel and Kayo. It costs A$59.95.
Full fight card
Map and order subject to change.
Middleweight Michael Zerafa vs. Danilo Creati
Paul Gallen vs. Justin Hodges II, Heavyweight
Paulo Aokuso vs David Zegarra, light-heavyweight
Ty Telford vs. Joel Taylor, welterweight
Liam Talivaa vs. Louis Marsters, Heavyweight
Koen Mazoudier vs. Wade Ryan II, super welterweights
Shanell Dargan vs Chandni Mehra, featherweight
Tommy Browne vs. Jorge Kapeen, super welterweights
George Peterson vs. Wallace To’o, Heavyweight
Tywarna Campbell vs. Deanha Hobbs, super featherweight