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Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Queensland Origin legend switches sports


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Queensland rugby league legend Justin Hodges has switched to pro boxing and wants to fight Paul Gallen.

Hodges, 36, retired after Brisbane's 2015 grand final defeat, ending a career of 251 NRL games for the Broncos and Roosters, plus 24 Origins and 13 Tests. He will debut as a heavyweight on the undercard of Gallen vs John Hopoate on February 8 at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion, telling the Courier-Mail that he's always wanted to box.

“It’s something I’ve always loved and done for a long time. The time is right to have a few fights and fulfill that need," Hodges told the newspaper.

“I love boxing and I want to help it. Guys like Jeff Horn, Anthony Mundine and Danny Green have done wonders for the sport and hopefully I can help it too.”

Hodges said that Gallen, a loathed figure in Queensland thanks to his State of Origin career with NSW, was his ultimate target after a few tune-up fights.

“There is always that rivalry between us. Most Queenslanders hate him and most New South Wales supporters hate me,” he told the Courier-Mail.

Hodges will fight at about 106kg, with his opponent yet to be confirmed. Gallen, 37 and still in the NRL with Cronulla, is undefeated in eight pro fights and has four knockouts.

He intends on adding another KO against former NRL badboy Hopoate, who has a 12-5 pro record with 11 knockout wins (and three KO defeats). Gallen is in pre-season training with Sharks teammates on top of his boxing conditioning.

https://twitter.com/PaulGallen13/status/1082527592014594048

Gallen has also touted a high-profile fight against former NRL superstar turned All Blacks World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams, who is 7-0 as a pro heavyweight with three KOs.

 

Queensland rugby league legend Justin Hodges has switched to pro boxing and wants to fight Paul Gallen.

Hodges, 36, retired after Brisbane's 2015 grand final defeat, ending a career of 251 NRL games for the Broncos and Roosters, plus 24 Origins and 13 Tests. He will debut as a heavyweight on the undercard of Gallen vs John Hopoate on February 8 at Sydney's Hordern Pavilion, telling the Courier-Mail that he's always wanted to box.

“It’s something I’ve always loved and done for a long time. The time is right to have a few fights and fulfill that need," Hodges told the newspaper.

“I love boxing and I want to help it. Guys like Jeff Horn, Anthony Mundine and Danny Green have done wonders for the sport and hopefully I can help it too.”

Hodges said that Gallen, a loathed figure in Queensland thanks to his State of Origin career with NSW, was his ultimate target after a few tune-up fights.

“There is always that rivalry between us. Most Queenslanders hate him and most New South Wales supporters hate me,” he told the Courier-Mail.

Hodges will fight at about 106kg, with his opponent yet to be confirmed. Gallen, 37 and still in the NRL with Cronulla, is undefeated in eight pro fights and has four knockouts.

He intends on adding another KO against former NRL badboy Hopoate, who has a 12-5 pro record with 11 knockout wins (and three KO defeats). Gallen is in pre-season training with Sharks teammates on top of his boxing conditioning.

https://twitter.com/PaulGallen13/status/1082527592014594048

Gallen has also touted a high-profile fight against former NRL superstar turned All Blacks World Cup winner Sonny Bill Williams, who is 7-0 as a pro heavyweight with three KOs.

 

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