Paul Gallen is about to end his boxing career in spectacular fashion by fighting twice in one night.
Foxsports.com.au It is understood negotiations are nearing completion for the special boxing extravaganza, with Gallen set to feature in two fights on a star-studded card scheduled for September. And in the other direction, the NSW Blues legend will try his hand at hostile territory in Queensland.
Gallen is regarded as one of Australia’s strongest athletes but the prospect of trying to beat two opponents in one night – something rarely seen in professional boxing – will put that reputation to the ultimate test.
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One of Gallen’s opponents could be former NRL star Justin Hodges, who recently won two fights in three weeks with wins over Ben Hannant (via UD) and Jordan Sime (via UD).
Gallen’s second opponent is yet to be decided foxsports.com.au The list of nominees includes several former football stars. Hannan, Sam Thaiday, Russell Packer and Chris Walker are among the voice actors.
With a host of opponents from Queensland, Gallen has a chance to realize the dream he recently teased.
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to speak foxsports.com.au Ahead of Hodges’ fight with Hannant in June, Gallen said of the prospect that “it would be interesting to attack two Queenslanders in one night”.
Hodges and Gallen engaged in a war of words after the pair bet which country would win this year’s home series and host a showdown between the two.
Despite his willingness to give up the Maroons’ great hometown advantage, such is his desire to fight Gallen, Hodges is set to fight in front of his hometown for the second time in his boxing career.
One element that has yet to be confirmed is the time frame between fights. Galen could take out one opponent earlier in the card and return to the ring for the main event, or fight back-to-back fights in a grueling test of endurance.
Gallen has indicated on several occasions that he will hang up his gloves by the end of the year, if not before.
But in a career that boasts wins over UFC legend Mark Hunt and Aussie former world heavyweight champion Lucas Browne, the chance to win two fights on the same night would be the best way to exit the sport.