Paul Gallen told Josh Aloiai to “stand up” and agree to three-minute rounds before their December showdown, which makes the front page of two nights of boxing in Newcastle.
Gallen and Manly mainstay Aloiai will face off on Friday December 10 at the Newcastle Entertainment Center on a stacked map that also includes another star soccer clash as Joey Leilua takes on Chris Heighington.
Olympic bronze medalist Harry Garside will also make his professional debut, while former world champion Andrew Moloney will headline the first night of action on Thursday, December 9 against Filipino Froilan Saludar.
But it was Gallen’s return to the ring for a 14th professional fight against Aloiai, 25, that made headlines, with former Cronulla captain calling his rival “embarrassing” for refusing to fight rounds of three. minutes.
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Instead, the duo will play eight two-minute rounds, much to Gallen’s frustration.
“It’s frustrating,” Gallen said. “He’s going to make more money than these other three guys sitting here and he’s going to fight two-minute rounds. It’s embarassing.
“He said he wanted to do the right thing through sports and be a boxer and then do three minute rounds and do it right. I didn’t even get the contract. Do it clean. N aren’t you embarrassed? Isn’t that embarrassing for you?
“If you’re so good, then why are we doing two-minute laps?” Boxing is three minute rounds. Boxing is a war of attrition. I’m not going back to what we agreed to, but aren’t you embarrassed about it?
“I was warned many years ago about him that he was not who he claims to be and I saw that in the preparation for this fight. I saw the arrogance and the condescending nature he shows. He’s releasing this cool character. Rumor has it in football circles that he can beat me. Let’s find out.
“I was warned about him many years ago what he looked like, but I don’t think he will stop me at all. I just have to win. That’s what it’s about.
“I don’t think he’s a good soccer player at all. He has a job to do in the team and that’s it. We also talked about contracts the other day. Haven’t you left the Wests Tigers? Contracts are worth about as much as they are written on you.
Aloiai responded by calling annoying Gallen for continuing to continue for the duration of the rounds and insisted he “would be breaking his head” on December 10.
“The media and everyone are so bored that you talk about it,” he said.
“Everyone here has pointed, they’re on the phone. It’s the same thing. We could have watched the Barry Hall press conference, it’s exactly the same, copy and paste.
“He can expose my religious beliefs and talk about my Pacific Island culture, he can be disrespectful, respectful until that, but once we get there I’ll be there to knock his head off.
“I don’t think it will go all the way, but if it does, I have secret weapons. Anyway, I’ll be more than ready.
Gallen admits he heard that Aloiai has some serious boxing skills, but said there was a big difference between “chatting” and stepping in the ring.
“From the chat, I heard yes (I have a fight on my hands),” Gallen said.
“But there is a big difference between hearing about a guy fighting and walking into a boxing ring in front of thousands of people and knowing that there are tens of thousands of people watching at home and there. come in and actually do it.
“How many guys have you heard who can fight?” I’ve heard from thousands who can fight, but until you get there and do it, it’s a big difference.