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Paul Gallen threatens to STOP double header fight against ex-NRL stars Justin Hodges and Ben Hannant

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Paul Gallen threatens to STOP double header fight against ex-NRL stars Justin Hodges and Ben Hannant as he claims promoters are trying to make him lose

  • Paul Gallen has threatened to withdraw from the big boxing doubles
  • He accused No Limit Boxing promoters of trying to beat him
  • Gallen has given the promoters until Sunday to clarify the details of the match or he will be out

Former NRL player turned boxer Paul Gallen has threatened to pull out of his double-header fight against Justin Hodges and Ben Hannant.

Gallen, 41, has given No Limit Boxing promoters a deadline of Sunday to clarify the logistics of the novelty or else he will pull the pin over the entire event.

“I feel like they’re trying to beat me, and it’s driving me crazy,” Gallen told News Corp.

Paul Gallen is not happy with his promoters and has given them until Sunday to clear up the details of his double-header fights against Justin Hodges and Ben Hannant or he will quit

Gallen (pictured taking out Lucas Browne in their 2021 match) accuses his promoters of wanting to see him lose and using him to find the sport's next cross-code star

Gallen (pictured taking out Lucas Browne in their 2021 match) accuses his promoters of wanting to see him lose and using him to find the sport’s next cross-code star

“I took a risk starting with them, I’ve helped them grow, now that they know I’m retiring, they want to see me fall off the top and get a new man.

“It doesn’t fit their business model to be successful, that’s why they didn’t give me the basics for this fight night.

“It’s been two weeks and I still don’t know who I’ll fight first, let alone if the fights will be back to back or if there will be a long pause between the fights.”

The double-header in which Gallen would face his former State of Origin rivals Justin Hodges and Ben Hannant on the same night was announced two weeks ago.

“How am I supposed to train properly if they can’t even tell me who to fight first?” said Gallen. ‘One is taller than me, the other has a completely different style.

Ex-NRL player Justin Hodges poses with Paul Gallen

Ex-NRL player Justin Hodges poses with Paul Gallen

‘I asked them, got no answer. Now that George and Matt are away in Paris, it annoys me. They are there with Tai [Tuivasa, UFC star],,He fights on Saturday, so once that’s done, I want an answer.

“If I don’t get an answer by the end of the week, I’ll tell them to move it.”

The former rugby league player has proven to be one of the country’s greatest multi-sport athletes, beating recognized fighters like Mark Hunt and Lucas Browne.

Former Queensland teammates turned boxing foes Hodges and Hannant fought in June. Hodges got a points decision win

Former Queensland teammates turned boxing foes Hodges and Hannant fought in June. Hodges got a points decision win

Hodges and Hannant, both former teammates, fought each other in June and both declared that the winner would face Gallen. Hodges triumphed in a unanimous points decision.

Hannant’s only pro fight was against Hodges, while Hodges holds a 5-1 (2KO) record, with the only defeat being a first-round knockout against former NRL star Darcy Lussick.

In the planned co-main event, Harry Garside, the bronze medalist of the Tokyo Olympics, – undefeated in three professional matches – will try to defend his Australian lightweight title against Miles Zalewski (11-2).

 

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