Paul Gallen eyes off a fight with UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt after rumoured re-match against Barry Hall falls flat

  • Former NRL Paul Gallen is set to take on UFC legend Mark Hunt in a boxing match
  • Gallen took on AFL legend Barry Hall in November last year but ended in a draw
  • Hunt is yet to receive an offer for the match which could take place in April 

Former NRL star Paul Gallen has his eyes set for a fight with UFC champion Mark Hunt after his highly anticipated boxing match with AFL legend Barry Hall ended in a draw.

The former Cronulla Sharks captain took on Hall in November last year but could be facing Hunt in the ring for a fight as early as April.

New Zealand born Hunt, 45, has been battling men in UFC for 22 years and while Gallen, 38, is less experienced he’s yet to be defeated in ten professional boxing matches. 

Boxing promoter Matt Rose is reportedly in the midst of setting up the event but Hunt is yet to receive an offer, The Daily Telegraph reported.

Former Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen (pictured) could be facing UFC champion Mark Hunt for a boxing match

Former Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen (pictured) could be facing UFC champion Mark Hunt for a boxing match

Hunt, 45, has been fighting professionally for 22 years and said he was 'surprised' when he heard Gallen wanted to meet him in the ring

Hunt, 45, has been fighting professionally for 22 years and said he was ‘surprised’ when he heard Gallen wanted to meet him in the ring

The 45-year-old UFC legend said that he’s ‘surprised’ Gallen wanted to face him in the ring but would agree for a $1million deal.

‘I know Paul and when they first asked me if I wanted a scrap, I was like ‘are you sure? Is your management right?” Hunt told Sporting News. 

‘It’s fine. If Paul that wants this fight, by all means, I can oblige.

‘If he wants to dance, we can dance. It doesn’t matter to me, but it surprised me.’ 

Hunt has only had two professional boxing fights with one ending in a loss and the other in draw.

The UFC heavyweight also said the money from the fight would go towards those affected by bushfires and floods.

Gallen has won ten professional boxing matches after leaving his career in NRL behind

Gallen has won ten professional boxing matches after leaving his career in NRL behind

Fans were disappointed after Gallen and Barry Hall's (pictured together) match finished in a draw with the former NRL star saying it felt 'like a loss'.

Fans were disappointed after Gallen and Barry Hall’s (pictured together) match finished in a draw with the former NRL star saying it felt ‘like a loss’.

‘And I’ve also told Matt Rose that a portion of my money for this fight will go to charity. If I can give something back to a good cause, to some people who are doing it tough after the bushfires and floods, then great,’ Hunt said.

Hunt holds a 13-14-1 record in UFC and is known for his ability to end a match in an instant with a knock-out.

His last UFC match was in December, 2018. 

Fans were disappointed after Gallen and Hall’s match finished in a draw with the former NRL star saying it felt ‘like a loss’.

The match was Hall’s professional debut and finished with a majority draw, with one judge deciding Gallen had won 58-56 but the other submitting his score as 57-57. 

Both athletes reportedly earned around $600,000 each from the match.

Hunt (right punching Derrick Lewis) holds a 13-14-1 record in UFC and is known for his ability to end a match in an instant with a knock-out

Hunt (right punching Derrick Lewis) holds a 13-14-1 record in UFC and is known for his ability to end a match in an instant with a knock-out

 

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