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Friday, 8 February 2019

Compassionate Gallen's restraint saves Hopoate


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Paul Gallen has revealed he held punches during his final devastating combination that ended John Hopoate on Friday night over concern for the former NRL bad boy's well-being.

The Cronulla Sharks captain shut down the hysteria over the heavyweight encounter at Hordern Pavilion with a brutal second-round TKO, after Hopoate struggled to pose little more than a nuisance, surviving the first round through some questionable manoeuvres.

Retuning for the second, Gallen upped his game as he showed a marked improvement in his footwork and accuracy to corner his opponent on the post and unload a devastating flurry that saw Hopoate out on his feet and the referee call an end to the fight with 54 seconds left in the round.

Following the victory a compassionate Gallen revealed he chose to hold back on his 45-year-old opponent just seconds away from his ninth professional win with Hopoate out on his feet.

Gallen and Hopoate embrace

“I thought the result was inevitable, I thought I was going to finish it tonight but I didn’t think itds be so early,” Gallen said at centre ring.

“He was trying to lean on me to catch his wind, I could feel the little shot in his guts, I could hear him breathing and I knew I’d break him down.

“Look when I knew I had him gone I sort of half looked at the ref and stopped punching I didn’t want to keep punching him.”

Gallen only took a few seconds to celebrate his win before immediately rushing to the ground to check on Hopoate who had crashed to the canvas despite the referees best efforts to call the bout.

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The NRL veteran then took the time to defend Hopoate who has become somewhat of a “villain” in the rugby league community following a polarising and often controversial career.

“Hopppa is known as a villain, a lot of people don’t like him but  know the bloke, he’s made so mistake in the past, but I treat people the way they treat me and he’s only been a gentleman to me over my career.

“The past couple weeks got personal but overall he’s a good bloke at heart and at the end of this I hope we can shake hands and be mates again.”

https://twitter.com/proshenks/status/1093841605902032896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

It appears the pair did in fact make up with photos of the duo embracing in the changeroom following the bout.

Gallen also used his post-fight interview to sensationally call out cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams to face him in the ring.

Paul Gallen has revealed he held punches during his final devastating combination that ended John Hopoate on Friday night over concern for the former NRL bad boy's well-being.

The Cronulla Sharks captain shut down the hysteria over the heavyweight encounter at Hordern Pavilion with a brutal second-round TKO, after Hopoate struggled to pose little more than a nuisance, surviving the first round through some questionable manoeuvres.

Retuning for the second, Gallen upped his game as he showed a marked improvement in his footwork and accuracy to corner his opponent on the post and unload a devastating flurry that saw Hopoate out on his feet and the referee call an end to the fight with 54 seconds left in the round.

Following the victory a compassionate Gallen revealed he chose to hold back on his 45-year-old opponent just seconds away from his ninth professional win with Hopoate out on his feet.

Gallen and Hopoate embrace

“I thought the result was inevitable, I thought I was going to finish it tonight but I didn’t think itds be so early,” Gallen said at centre ring.

“He was trying to lean on me to catch his wind, I could feel the little shot in his guts, I could hear him breathing and I knew I’d break him down.

“Look when I knew I had him gone I sort of half looked at the ref and stopped punching I didn’t want to keep punching him.”

Gallen only took a few seconds to celebrate his win before immediately rushing to the ground to check on Hopoate who had crashed to the canvas despite the referees best efforts to call the bout.

https://twitter.com/wwos/status/1093837648521805824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The NRL veteran then took the time to defend Hopoate who has become somewhat of a “villain” in the rugby league community following a polarising and often controversial career.

“Hopppa is known as a villain, a lot of people don’t like him but  know the bloke, he’s made so mistake in the past, but I treat people the way they treat me and he’s only been a gentleman to me over my career.

“The past couple weeks got personal but overall he’s a good bloke at heart and at the end of this I hope we can shake hands and be mates again.”

https://twitter.com/proshenks/status/1093841605902032896?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

It appears the pair did in fact make up with photos of the duo embracing in the changeroom following the bout.

Gallen also used his post-fight interview to sensationally call out cross-code superstar Sonny Bill Williams to face him in the ring.

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