A $5,000 sponsorship agreement threatens to end Justis Huni’s fight against Paul Gallen.
The hoo-ha is over Huni’s Adidas sponsorship agreement to wear their gloves during their fight on June 16.
In New South Wales, unlike other states like Australia, boxers must wear the same glove.
Gallen alleges that there was an informal agreement to wear Everlast boxing gloves, but that has changed over the past month.
Huni wants to wear his Adidas gloves.
Gallen doesn’t and says the only way he will compromise is if his competitor stumps up the cash and pays him.
Both boxers will earn $5k for wearing the Adidas gloves, but Gallen doesn’t.
“We really need to settle pretty much straight away, so we’re not going into next week not knowing where we sit because if it comes down to it and no-one is willing to move, well, there’s no fight,” Huni’s father and trainer, Rocky, told foxsports.com.au.
“If he wants this fight to go ahead, either he pays us what we were going to get paid from our sponsors for wearing the gloves or he comes across and wears the gloves that we’re going to get paid and he gets a bit of the money as well.”
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Gallen has laughed the threat off, and hit out at the Huni camp for trying to run before they can walk.
“The fight’s not going to go ahead for $5k? F— me, please,” he told foxsports.com.au.
“They’re carrying on.
“You’ve got to crawl before you can walk, and yeah he’s the next prodigy, but, mate, it’s seriously ridiculous. They’re counting their chickens before they hatch in every which way these blokes.
“It’s just stupid for them to say that.
“If they want me to wear their gloves, pay me the money and $5k isn’t going to cut it.
“I don’t discuss my money with anyone.
“I can’t believe any figures have even been thrown out there.”
Ever since their bout was touted, Gallen has claimed it’s “it’s not about the money”.
Huni believes it’s hypocritical for Gallen to turn down the offer, especially given he is earning 85 per cent of the pie for a fight work worth an estimated $1 million.
“He’s getting the lion’s share of this fight,” Huni said.
“He keeps talking about ‘it’s not about the money’, just give us what the other guys are going to give us and we’ll use his gloves otherwise, why can’t we use the other ones and we both get paid?”
Gallen isn’t moving an inch though, and says the 22-year-old, who will head to July’s Olympics, needs to grow up.
“I’m not giving them a cent,” Gallen says.
“I’m not giving them nothing.
“I’ve got no reason to give them anything.
“The agreement at the start was I’ll wear Everlast. That was the agreement. It wasn’t in the contract because Dean Lonergan took so long.
“Three weeks ago they were having an argument that they were going to wear horsehair gloves, now all of a sudden they want to wear puffy Adidas gloves.
“They’re the ones talking s—, not me.
“I’m not overly concerned.
“I keep saying to Dean, this bloke’s got to play the long game.
“If he’s as good as they think he is, play the long game.
“Pay me to wear his gloves.
“He’ll end up getting a massive sponsorship with Adidas, and he can be a professional boxer and athlete for the next 10-20 years.”
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