Paul Gallen has been lauded for sharing a portion of his earnings with two of Australian boxing rising stars after all three registered wins during Wednesday night’s Christmas bash.
Gallen took out the main event, defeating Darcy Lussick by TKO as he dominated across one and a half rounds. His dominant performance meant he earned the $20,000 bounty from No Limit promoter George Rose for the best knockout of the night.
But in a classy gesture, Gallen decided to split the money with Australian boxers Sam Goodman and Harry Garside, who claimed wins earlier in the night.
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Goodman passed his biggest test yet by defeating Richie Mepranum by TKO to capture the WBO Oriental Bantamweight title, before Harry Garside began his professional boxing career with his own TKO victory in the first round over Sachin Mudaliar.
“I want to say something quick. A lot of people tonight copped a lot of flack because footy players were fighting,” Gallen told Main Event post-fight.
“I watched (Tuesday) night where the boxers were fighting and about 100 people turned up to watch them. So where’s all these boxer people out there supporting boxers? I don’t see it.
“So Sam Goodman and Harry Garside, come and see me in my shed. I’ll give you a bit of cash.”
In a separate post-fight interview, Gallen added: “I don’t know what these guys are getting paid, but I got a good bonus tonight, I’m getting paid well. So I’m happy to share the joy with them.”
Garside approached and thanked Gallen for his act, adding he would pass on the money to charity.
Fox League and Main Event commentator Paul Kent praised Gallen for his kindness.
“It was a great gesture and he’s got a really valid point,” Kent said.
“A lot of boxing people complain about the footballers coming into the boxing industry and taking all their crowd and their numbers and all the money. But (Tuesday) night when it was a pure boxing crowd, they didn’t turn up – and they don’t turn up. They’ve got to get out and show that’s what they want.
“We’ve seen better fights (than Wednesday night), there’s no doubt about that. But the fascination with these guys and the fact they’ve been able to go out and sell a fight … it’s such an important part.”
Gallen is credited for helping Tim Tszyu establish himself when he invited him to fight on the undercards of events Gallen headlined in the past.