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Paul Gallen has ‘clicked into gear’ after a ‘passive’ preparation for his fight with fellow ex-footy star Darcy Lussick – and it’s all thanks to one brutal sparring session with a rising Aussie star.
The pair made their bout official after weighing in on Tuesday, with Gallen coming in at 101.62kg, nearly nine kilograms lighter than Lussick’s 110.06kg.
Gallen promised to ‘smash’ his rival during a weigh-in that exploded into life as Joey Leilua promised his opponent Chris Heighington, “I’m f***ing going to take his head off his shoulders.”
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Gallen declared he’ll “knock him (Lussick) out in two rounds” after a sparring war with Aussie cruiserweight Jason Whateley last Wednesday night flicked the switch on a ‘passive’ build-up.
“I feel good, I’m definitely ready,” Gallen said. “It’s been a long preparation, postponed and everything. I’m ready, I’ve really clicked into gear the last couple of weeks. I was pretty passive when Darcy was announced a month ago.”
He added: “I’ve got to thank Jason Whateley, he’s probably the best cruiserweight in the country along with Jai Opetaia. He came to train with me the past couple of weeks and just ripped into me last Wednesday night. It just fired me up and got me in the frame of mind I need to be.
“I thank him for that and my team for organising it. It just clicked me into gear. I was pretty passive with Darcy. He’s a good guy. It’s nothing personal here with Darcy – but I have to smash you tomorrow night. I’ve got to rip in.”
Gallen warned defeat could ruin his own growing reputation in the sport, but declared ‘I’m not going to allow it.’
“I’ve built up so much, not a reputation – but the past couple of years as far as boxing goes I’ve taken it to another level. He gets the opportunity tomorrow night to take that all away from me. I’m not going to allow it. I’m not going to allow it one bit.”
He continued, “I’m going to get in there and rip and tear from the word go. I’m going to smash him. I knock him out in the first two rounds, I’ve got no doubt about that.”
Lussick, stepping in at late notice after Josh Aloiai withdrew after contracting COVID-19, has just the one fight to his name, a devastating first-round knockout of Justin Hodges in 2019.
Gallen meanwhile has established himself as a boxing force with wins over former world champion Lucas ‘Big Daddy’ Browne and former UFC superstar Mark Hunt.
On Monday, Gallen hit out at Lussick’s involvement in the fight, claiming he was only there for the money.
“As a guy, you’re a good guy. It’s nothing personal but I’ve got to smash you,” Gallen said at Monday’s press conference.
“It [the payday] is all you’re here for. He’s not going to be able to handle what’s coming. He’s in big trouble. I’m going to smash you.”
Meanwhile Joey Leilua’s war of words with Chris Heighington reached another level during Tuesday’s weigh in, as he declared: “I’m going to f***ing take his head off his shoulders, that’s what I’ll do.”
The pair were seen muttering at each other with their heads firmly pressed together as they faced off for the final time after weighing in at 113.14kg for Leilua and 99.10kg for Heighington.
Heighinton would not take the bait, but merely declared: “See you tomorrow night Joey!”
Leilua had on Monday delivered a wild rant at the press conference, declaring Heighington would be ‘crying to his mummy’ after their bout.
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In the third match-up of the night between famous names of the rugby league world, Alex Ross was similarly fired up for his fight with Justin Hodges.
After the pair also butted heads during their face-off, Ross declared: “Time to compete, me versus him, dog eat dog world, it’s time to take over.”
And he claimed he was already getting into his opponent’s head, saying: “I’ve already got him beat, he knows I’m going to take him to deep waters and he can’t match this.”
Hodges said Ross’ headbutting antics weren’t surprising: “He’s a dog isn’t he, that’s what happens with dogs.
“We come face-to-face tomorrow night and it’s going to mean business. Sparring is one thing but when you put 10 ounce gloves on, I can punch, so if I punch him once he’s going to feel it.”
And he promised it would be over quickly: “No deep waters, it’ll be done in two.”
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The card also features the much-anticipated pro debut of Australia’s Olympic bronze medallist Harry Garside.
It promises to be an explosive night of action after No Limit Boxing announced a $20,000 bonus for the best knockout of the night.
FULL FIGHT CARD AND WEIGHTS
MAIN CARD (from 7pm Wednesday AEDT)
Paul Gallen 101.62kg vs 110.06kg Darcy Lussick (Heavyweight, 3x 2-minute rounds)
Harry Garside 60.72kg vs 60.46kg Sachin Mudaliar (Super Lightweight, 6×3-minute rounds)
Joey Leilua 113.14kg vs 99.10kg Chris Heighington (Heavyweight, 4x2m)
Freddy Lussick 90.00kg vs 88.82kg Taylan May (Cruiserweight, 4x2m)
Sam Goodman 55.04kg v 55.32kg Richie Mepranum (WBO Oriental Bantamweight title, 10x3m)
Justin Hodges 103.46kg vs 94.02kg Nathan Ross (Heavyweight, 4x2m)
Alex ‘Godly Strong’ Simon 136.7kg vs 110.42kg Tavita Vaoga (Heavyweight, 4x3m)
Enja Priest 65.58kg vs 64.82kg Ella Boot (Catchweight, 4x2m)
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Linn Sandstrom 51.86kg vs 51.28kg Natalie Gonzalez Hills (Super flyweight, 6x2m)
Malakay Moukayber 63.36kg vs 64.40kg Kate McLaren (Welterweight, 4x2m)