Justin Hodges wants to knock Paul Gallen badly, Queensland’s arch-rival to be a “man of his word” and get the judges to “take a break” to honor his bets.
Before his bout with Maroons legend Ben Hannant, he first appeared in the foxsports.com.au Hodges and Gallen bet that a battle between the two would determine which state would win this year’s home series.
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Queensland eventually emerged victorious in the decider at Suncorp Stadium.
Hodges picked up his second win in three weeks after defeating Jordan Simi last week, and is now eyeing the biggest fish in Galen in what could be the final fight for both of them.
Such is the 40-year-old’s desire for the fight to happen, he is willing to defy the odds and head down to New South Wales if that’s what it takes.
“At the end of the day, whoever wins the starting spot makes a bet that we’re going to take the fight,” Hodges said. foxsports.com.au.
“I agreed, agreed. Obviously Queensland won, so he has to come to Brisbane to fight me. Hopefully he’s a man of his word, I am.
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“I don’t care if I have to come to Sydney to fight him. I just want to get in the ring against him and test myself and that will be my last fight.
“If he doesn’t want to hold up his end of the bargain and fight in Queensland, I’ll come to NSW, I don’t mind.
But at the end of the day, it was rumored that the winner would host the fight. We hope he is a man of his word.
In his boxing career to date, Hodges has once fought five bouts in Queensland.
No wonder Hodges was showered with boos from the crowd at Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, with many chants of “New South Wales” breaking out during the fight.
However, Hodges is looking to flip the script when it comes to pitching.
“I’m expecting the Queensland fans to come out and support the fight, but I’ll have the benefit of the hometown crowd all supporting me,” Hodges said.
“He (Gallen) needs to be a man and face it and come to Queensland and fight. He’s done it before, he’s played home here and he knows what the Queensland fans are up to. He agreed to it, he’s going to get on a plane and meet me here.
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Compared to his previous two fights, Hodges was given more time to prepare.
While his last two fights have gone to the referee’s scorecards, Hodges doesn’t want that to happen the last time he steps into the ring.
Instead, the judges are happy to knock him out early and let him and Galen swing until one of them can’t swing anymore.
“Obviously, he fits me to a tee,” Hodges said.
“He’s a go-getter and I’m going to punch him as hard as I can.
“In the Ben Hannant fight, I had to show my power a little bit. In the Jordan (Simmy) fight, I didn’t because he kind of ran a little bit, but it’s different because he was a southpaw.
“I want to punch him really bad, I want to hurt him. At the end of the day, I’m very happy that there are no judges. I don’t want to win on points, I want to win by knockout.
“No disrespect to the judges, but you can have the night off. Let me and him go toe to toe.”