Justin Hodges knocked Paul Gallen down in the second round as a monster upset looms.
Hodges started hard and fast in the first round and connected with some stunning jabs early that caught Gallen.
Gallen answered back in an utterly chaotic start and must find a finish before the end otherwise he faces a shock result.
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‘I’M STILL A WINNER’: HANNANT DELIVERS EPIC SHOW AGAINST GALLEN DESPITE TWO BROKEN RIBS
Paul Gallen failed to put Ben Hannant away across four rounds, as ‘The Polar Bear’ did his best to be a good Queensland team-mate and help tire Gallen out.
Hannant gave Gallen plenty of trouble, with his power-punching and fearless approach in the ring.
While Gallen’s superior fitness and technical ability began to tell, even a wearying Hannant was able to survive a ferocious assault in the latter rounds to reach the final bell.
And he certainly lost no fans with his gracious and humble interview after the unanimous decision defeat.
Hannant said: “I’m not a fighter and everyone knows that but I went out swinging. I don’t know what to do – so when I got in close he kept uppercutting and jabbing me. It was good, it was a good wake-up call. The best way to learn is to get hit. I don’t pretend to be a fighter.
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WHAT TIME DOES IT START?
The undercard starts from 7pm (AEST) with at least an hour between Gallen’s two fights.
HOW TO WATCH THE FIGHT
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Paul Gallen vs. Justin Hodges
Joe Goodall def Arsene Fosso via RTD in Round 3
Ben Hussain def by Lachie Higgins via TKO in Round 2
Junior Tafa def David Tuliloa via TKO in Round 3
Paul Gallen def Ben Hannant via UD (40-36 x 3)
Ty Telford Vanlalawmpuia def Vanlalawmpuia via TKO in Round
Jack Bowen def by Renold Quinlan via KO in Round 5
Miles Zalewski def Shiva Mishra via RTD (corner threw in the towel) in Round 3
Jalen Tait def Sachin Mudaliar via TKO in Round 2
Angel Rushton def by Ange Harries via UD (49-46 x 2, 50-45)
Desley Robinson def Stephanie Mfongwot via UD (49-46 x 3)
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‘UPSET OF THE YEAR’ AS ‘INSANE’ BOMB ENDS 7-0 RISING STAR’S CHARGE
Renold Quinlan has stunned undefeated 7-0 rising star Jack Bowen with a brutal knockout.
A former world champion, 33-year-old Quinlan had lost nine of his previous eleven fights – including eight in a row at one stage – with Warren Smith saying on Main Event: “His career looked like it was consigned to the dustbin of history.”
But having been outclassed in the first three rounds, he roared to life in the fourth round with a series of powerful shots that stunned Bowen and cut his eye in a sizzling assault.
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REVEALED: THE SEVEN ENFORCERS IN LINE FOR GAL’S FAREWELL NRL BOUT
Paul Gallen’s team have drawn up a hitlist of seven NRL enforcers who they believe can genuinely test the heavyweight’s claim that he “smashes” every player in the NRL.
Gallen already has one victory this evening against Ben Hannant and will fight Justin Hodges in the main event.
Already, No Limit CEO George Rose has drawn up a list of seven possible contenders which includes some of rugby league’s toughest hombres – Matt Lodge, Junior Paulo, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Josh Aloiai and Tino Fa’asuamaleaui.
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