Australia’s heavyweight king Justis Huni – the only man to beat Paul Gallen – has backed the former NRL legend to shock Kris Terzievski in their title showdown tonight in Newcastle.
News Corp can reveal Gallen will pocket at least $800,000 when he steps into the ring against Terzievski – and his pay day could hit the $1 million mark depending on pay-per-view sales from the fight blockbuster at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.
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If anyone understands the bravery and toughness of Gallen, it is Huni, who was stunned by the former rugby league star’s ability to stay on his feet in his 10-round disposal of the 40-year-old last June.
Gallen took such a beating that Huni was forced to withdraw from the Tokyo Olympics with a busted hand that required surgery.
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The little-known Terzievski (10-1-1, 8KO) is tipped to edge out Gallen (12-1-1, 7KO) by virtue of his height and amateur career, but Huni believes the NRL great can prevail in what could be his swansong to boxing.
“I think Paul Gallen has a huge chance,” Huni said.
“I haven’t fought Kris. He is tall and moves well, but he was stopped by my first professional opponent (Django Opelu), who I beat pretty comfortably.
“The big thing about Gal is he is a pressure fighter, he will come forward all night and won’t take a backward step.
“It will come down to whether Terzievski can withstand his pressure.
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– Paul Gallen vs. Kris Terzievski (10 rounds for Australian and Australasian heavyweight title)
– Harry Garside vs. Layton McFerran (10 rounds for Australian lightweight title)
– Nikita Tszyu vs. Mason Smith (six rounds at super-welterweight)
– Sam Goodman vs. Fumiya Fuse (10 rounds at super-bantamweight)
– Hass Hamdan vs. Trent Girdham (six rounds at welterweight)
Jason Fawcett vs. Terry Nickolas (four rounds at super-welterweight)
The nastiest showdown of the night is about to get underway!
Sara Jalonen def Amber Amelia via split decision
In the pay-per-view opener, Sara Jalonen sprung an upset over hometown favourite Amber Amelia.
In a close bout, Jalonen (2-1) used her reach to keep the fast-handed Amelia (1-1) at bay, winning a split decision 48-47, 48-47, 47-48.
Hironiri Mishiro def Francis Chua via majority decision
Undefeated Japanese star Hironori Mishiro (12-0-1, 4KO) defeated Perth’s Francis Chua (8-3-1, 3KO) via a seven-round majority decision.Mishiro had the more accurate shots and smarter footwork, winning 69-64, 67-66, 65-68 to win his first fight outside of Japan.
Let’s hope the judge that scored it for Chua gets some sense knocked into him before the main event starts because he must have watching a different fight.
Linn Sandstrom def Floryvic Montero via decision
Sydney’s Linn Sandstrom claimed the WBC Australasian superflyweight title with a majority decision over Floryvic Montero.
Sandstrom (5-2-1, 2KO) prevailed 78-74, 78-74, 76-76, staying busier than her opponent and repeatedly landing body shots. Montero drops to a 5-9-1 (3KO) record.
UNDERDOG PREDICTS CANELO-LIKE UPSET
Kris Terzievksi has vowed to pull off an upset in similar style to Dmitry Bivol’s boilover against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez last weekend.
Bivol was an $8 underdog but dominated boxing’s biggest star with a masterclass of defensive counter-punching, which is what Terzievki intends to deploy against the aggressive Gallen.
“I watched the Canelo-Bivol fight and I saw similarities, they wanted to test Bivol under the bright lights, his biggest stage was the Canelo show just like these guys are making it about the Gal show,” Terzievki said.
“I was very impressed by how he stuck to a game plan and didn’t try to box outside of himself, so I’m looking to do similar.
“I’ve got a great game plan, I believe in my skills, and that’s what is going to get me over the line.
“He’s got that toughness, it’s about controlling the chaos. He’s going to bring that, and if I can stay calm under that fire I feel like I’m going to have a very, very good night.
“Being on the biggest stage is a financial incentive as well, if I win I get to help my mum, my family, myself. These things are inspiring me, but ultimately I want to do the best I can.”