Last time Paul Gallen and Justis Huni met for a press conference it was a pair of undefeated Kiwis who stole the show.
Gallen was undoubtedly the headline act on Monday afternoon as he exploded like never seen before but he was not the only one to unleash.
Issac ‘Headsplitter’ Hardman (10-0, eight knockouts) quickly engaged in a war of words with Emmanuel Carlos (11-1, seven knockouts).
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The pair will be fighting it out for 10 rounds with the Australian middleweight title on the line in what shapes as a stacked undercard for the Gallen vs Huni bout.
But before then the duo traded a series of verbal blows with Hardman repeatedly demanding Carlos “shut up” after he accused him of being selective with the opponents he fights.
“Respect to you and your team for the challenge. Don’t get me wrong he’s good,” Carlos said.
“He’s had a few cherrypicked opponents, including me. I was formerly retired but came out of retirement for him.”
That did not go down well with Hardman though.
“First of all I haven’t cherry picked s***,” he fired back.
“I’ve fought whoever Dean Lonergan put in front of me so there’s men in this sport and there’s pussies so like he said in Robert Berridge, he hadn’t fought in three years but he was the only one who was going to take that fight.
“Before that was meant to be him but he catted it, he hid behind another promotion and it was Mark Lucas who again hadn’t fought in 12 months but he was man enough to take that fight.”
Carlos though did not go down easily, calling Hardman out for avoiding a rematch with Tej Pratap Singh.
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“How come you didn’t honour the rematch clause against Tej I don’t get it man,” he said.
“He got offered that fight two weekends ago,” Hardman replied.
“I wasn’t making weight twice in two weeks. No one wants to do that. I was on holidays when I took that call. I had no means of making that weight.”
That excuse did not sit well with Carlos though, who hit back: “You should honour that rematch clause. I don’t get it.”
Hardman was not willing to listen though.
“Shut up it is my turn now,” he said.
“He [Carlos] was meant to be the one against Mark Lucas but he hid behind Kings of Kombat and said he had a fight locked in May 1st. He didn’t. He’s a coward and didn’t want to take the fight. He could’ve had that right there with me but it’s here now, I’m going to smack his head in for it.”
Hardman then went on to reveal Aussie boxing star Tim Tszyu was impressed by him after a sparring session, predicting: “Come Wednesday I am going to expose the best-kept secret in Australian boxing”.
As for what makes him so confident in beating Carlos, Hardman said he had seen “nothing” from the 28-year old.
“He has four good rounds in him,” he added.
“He fought one good calibre opponent, already had a built-in excuse for that, that one was against the late Dwight Ritchie. He’s a super welterweight. He nearly got finished at the end of that fight.”
Carlos though then pointed out that Hardman “barely got past” Tej as the back-and-forth continued to heat up.
“Shut up,” Hardman fired back.
“That’s what all of Australia reckons too but I’ve got the belt so shut up.”
“You can talk all you want,” Carlos replied before again accusing Hardman of “cherrypicking opponents”.
“Including me, semi-retired,” he added.
“You wanted and you got it”.
As for Hardman’s prediction for the bout, he said: “I think he is going to run around like a pussy for four rounds and then I’m going to catch up to him and finish him”.
Carlos and Hardman were not the only two to fire up though with Andrei Mikhailovich also providing entertainment.
Mikhailovich (15-0, eight knockouts) stole the show last time when he declared opponent Alex Hanan (13-0, even knockouts) was his “foster son”.
But with Hanan apparently in court and not available at the press conference, Mikhailovich took the opportunity to take a cheeky dig.
“I can’t wait to see my son on Wednesday night,” he said.
“[I’m] going to smack him around. Couldn’t come today because he’s in court unfortunately. I don’t know why he’s in court but good luck to him.
“I hope he doesn’t get any time and we can get this fight on but I’m ready to roll.”