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Wednesday, 29 May 2019

NRL star the 'smart' option for next Hodges bout


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Cronulla Sharks star Andrew Fifita is eyeing a turn in the boxing ring and he'll have an accomplished striker in his corner if he does.

Following Justin Hodges' knockout win over New Zealand boxer Troy McMahon in under 20 seconds earlier this month, Fifita issued a challenge to the former NRL star.

Fifita was ringside for the undercard bout on the night of Tim Tszyu's unanimous points decision win over Joel Camilleri, and said that if Cronulla gave him clearance to fight, he'd do just that.

And he already has a trainer locked down should the bout take place - Aussie UFC fighter, Tyson Pedro.

"100 percent. If Andrew will fight, I’ll be in his corner. I’ll train him," Pedro told Wide World of Sports.

"We’ve been really close friends for about two years.

"I think it was two camps ago I was training down at Miranda and he was coming to some of my sessions, so we’ve trained together before."

Andrew Fifita

Pedro said the pair met playing PlayStation together with mutual friends in rugby league.

The Western Sydney-based UFC light heavyweight said he hasn't heard if the Sharks would be open to the idea just yet, but guaranteed Fifita would be a force in the boxing ring.

"If he hits anything like he runs, I’m sure it’ll be hard," Pedro said.

Pedro conceded that Fifita's lack of experience counts against him in some respects, and after the shambolic scenes in Sydney after McMahon stepped in the ring, many have called for Hodges to next take on a more seasoned opponent.

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Fifita's Cronulla teammate Paul Gallen is still new to boxing, but with nine wins from nine appearances, he presents a much greater, juicier challenge for Hodges.

"Paul Gallen is probably a harder fight to be honest, whereas this would be Andrew’s first fight," Pedro said.

"The smarter fight is Andrew [from Hodges perspective], but it’ll just be interesting to see if he takes it.

"It’ll be a good draw. Everyone will want to see Andrew knocked out. Everyone gives him a lot of hate, but I think it’s undeserving."

Cronulla Sharks star Andrew Fifita is eyeing a turn in the boxing ring and he'll have an accomplished striker in his corner if he does.

Following Justin Hodges' knockout win over New Zealand boxer Troy McMahon in under 20 seconds earlier this month, Fifita issued a challenge to the former NRL star.

Fifita was ringside for the undercard bout on the night of Tim Tszyu's unanimous points decision win over Joel Camilleri, and said that if Cronulla gave him clearance to fight, he'd do just that.

And he already has a trainer locked down should the bout take place - Aussie UFC fighter, Tyson Pedro.

"100 percent. If Andrew will fight, I’ll be in his corner. I’ll train him," Pedro told Wide World of Sports.

"We’ve been really close friends for about two years.

"I think it was two camps ago I was training down at Miranda and he was coming to some of my sessions, so we’ve trained together before."

Andrew Fifita

Pedro said the pair met playing PlayStation together with mutual friends in rugby league.

The Western Sydney-based UFC light heavyweight said he hasn't heard if the Sharks would be open to the idea just yet, but guaranteed Fifita would be a force in the boxing ring.

"If he hits anything like he runs, I’m sure it’ll be hard," Pedro said.

Pedro conceded that Fifita's lack of experience counts against him in some respects, and after the shambolic scenes in Sydney after McMahon stepped in the ring, many have called for Hodges to next take on a more seasoned opponent.

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Fifita's Cronulla teammate Paul Gallen is still new to boxing, but with nine wins from nine appearances, he presents a much greater, juicier challenge for Hodges.

"Paul Gallen is probably a harder fight to be honest, whereas this would be Andrew’s first fight," Pedro said.

"The smarter fight is Andrew [from Hodges perspective], but it’ll just be interesting to see if he takes it.

"It’ll be a good draw. Everyone will want to see Andrew knocked out. Everyone gives him a lot of hate, but I think it’s undeserving."

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