Paul Gallen has taken a swipe at Justis Huni for not showing up to a media commitment ahead of their heavyweight bout in Sydney tomorrow.
Both men weighed in today ahead of the clash, with Huni tipping the scales at 106.4kg; seven kilograms heavier than the former Sharks captain who came in at 99.4kg.
Gallen didn’t waste any time taking aim at his opponent for not showing up for an appearance on Fox Sports last night.
“I’m glad Justis is here today,” Gallen said at the weigh-in.
“Me and Justis have a responsibility to boxing to help promote this fight and all these undercard fighters. He was supposed to turn up at NRL360 last night and didn’t turn up. Again a no show.
“Which is really disappointing for all these boxers. What do you think Foxtel is going to say when Dean Lonergan wants to get another fighter on there?”
When asked if he was in the Australian champion’s head, Gallen responded “absolutely”.
“I’ve been in his head from day one. I know what he’s thinking. I’m in his head without a doubt. He’ll be thinking about me before he goes to bed tonight. I’m in his head and I’ll be in his face tomorrow night.
“It’s going to be a hard fight I’m under no illusion as to how hard its going to be. I know how much of a good boxer he is. But if I get through those first four to five rounds I’ll be in his face the whole time and I think I can knock him out late.”
Huni agreed that Gallen had been on his mind but not like the former NRL player thinks.
“He’s right, I’ve been thinking about him but that’s just me thinking about him laying on the canvas flat face down,” Huni said.
“I don’t let it get to me it’s just words at the end of the day it won’t change the outcome come tomorrow night. I’m going to put on a show.
“He’s going to put on that pressure but he’s never fought anyone like me.”
Scroll below for everything you need to know about the fight.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 16
WHERE: ICC Exhibition Center at Darling Harbour, Sydney
The venue hosted Huni’s media-only fight with Christian Tsoye in late March. Tim Tszyu also took there fights there in 2019 against Dwight Ritchie and Jack Brubaker.
HOW TO WATCH GALLEN VS HUNI?
The fight will be available on Main Event pay per view.
It will cost $59.95.
You can also stream the fight on Kayo.
Coverage starts at 7pm.
ODDS: Gallen $5, Huni $1.15
GALLEN VS HUNI REMATCH
Gallen has signed a two-fight deal with Huni’s promoter Dean Lonergan, with a rematch on the cards after the Olympics.
Paul Gallen vs Justis Huni
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PAUL GALLEN RECORD –
The former NRL star is undefeated as a professional boxer and holds an 11-1 record, with six KO’s and a draw against Barry Hall in 2019.
JUSTIS HUNI RECORD –
Huni has a perfect 4-0 record since turning pro late last year.
TALE OF THE TAPE
Years pro: 7
Record: 11-0-1 (6KO’s)
Inactive: 56 days
Years pro: 0 (Turned pro late last year)
Record: 4-0-0 (3KO’s)
Inactive: 21 days
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