Angry Gallen challenges Aloiai to 'man up'

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A furious Paul Gallen has challenged Josh Aloiai to "man up" and fight traditional three-minute rounds when the Manly NRL enforcer enters the ring for his much-hyped professional boxing debut next month.

The Gallen versus Aloiai bout on December 10 will complete a blockbuster four-week program featuring a swag of Australia's premier pugilists including world title hopefuls George Kambosos and Tim Tszyu.

Cruiserweight Jai Opetaia, dethroned super flyweight king Andrew Moloney and Tokyo Olympics lightweight bronze medallist Harry Garside are also in action.

Judging by Monday's explosive confrontation in Sydney, where Gallen and Aloiai got personal, the eight-round battle could be a worthy climax to a historic two-night double header at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre.

Aloiai said he was "blessed and privileged" to headline the Friday night card including Garside in his professional debut against Fijian Sachin Mudaliar.

"The best thing I can do to show that I truly respect boxing is to go out there and not look like a football player," he said.

"I've got to go out there and show people I've walked on this path since I was a kid and that I'm a boxer."

But Gallen is livid about the Kiwi-born 25-year-old only being prepared to fight two-minute rounds.

"He said he wants to do the right thing by the sport and look like a boxer. Well, do the right thing by the sport and fight three-minute rounds. That's the right thing by the sport," said the retired NRL great.

"It's just been frustrating. Here's a guy from day one who has said he's grown up with boxing, he's been boxing since he could walk. He's even said he's got more experience than me.

"Yet he's got three guys down there sitting in front of him who he's going to earn more money than fighting two-minute rounds. It's embarrassing.

"Why won't you do it properly? Are you not a little embarrassed?

"That's what boxing is. It's three-minute rounds. It's a war of attrition. That's what the game is.

"I'll fight you 10 three-minute rounds if you want ... man up."

Refusing to engage, Aloiai simply said "too late", the deal had been done.

"Everyone's sick of hearing about the rounds - the number of rounds, the minutes," Aloiai said.

"There's plenty of time for me to get what we need done."

Gallen also took a cheap shot at his bitter rival for leaving Wests Tigers to join the Sea Eagles.

"He kept saying last week that was the contract he was sent. As we know, contracts don't mean nothing to him. He walked out on his teammates last year and all his mates," he said.

"So I'll be getting him for the Wests Tigers fans and the players he left behind as well.

"I've just got to make sure I win. It won't be very funny if I don't win, that's for sure."

UPCOMING AUSTRALIAN BOXING BATTLES

Super-welterweight: Tim Tszyu v Takeshi Inoue (JPN) - Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, Nov 17

Lightweight: George Kambosos v Teofimo Lopez (USA) - Madison Square Garden, New York, Nov 28 (AEDT) for IBF, WBO and WBA belts

Cruiserweight: Jai Opetaia v Trent Broadhurst - Fortitude Valley Music Hall, Brisbane, Dec 4

Middleweight: Issac Hardman v Adam Stowe, Fortitude Valley Music Hall, Brisbane, Dec 4

Super-flyweight: Andrew Moloney v Froilan Saludar (PHI) - Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Dec 9 for WBO regional title

Lightweight: Harry Garside v Sachin Mudaliar (FIJ) - Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Dec 10

Heavyweight: Paul Gallen v Josh Aloiai - Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Dec 10.

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