Infamous WAG dumped from Paul Gallen fight after 'severe' backlash

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Arabella Del Busso, pictured here on Instagram.
Arabella Del Busso won't be fighting on Paul Gallen's undercard anymore. Image: Instagram/Getty

Arabella Del Busso, the controversial former footy WAG-turned-reality TV star, has opened up after being dropped from the fight card for Paul Gallen's upcoming bout with Darcy Lussick.

The former partner of Wests Tigers player Josh Reynolds, Del Busso was originally scheduled to fight Kate McLaren on the undercard of the fight on Wednesday night.

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However Del Busso's boxing debut won't go ahead after organisers decided to scrap her fight with Englishwoman McLaren.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Del Busso's fight was scrapped after 'severe' backlash to her inclusion.

Del Busso shot to infamy last year when she was accused by Reynolds of faking pregnancies and miscarriages during their tumultuous relationship, as well as making up claims that he assaulted her.

She levelled domestic violence allegations against the footy star last year, however the charges were later dropped.

However Del Busso has denied the scrapped fight had anything to do with her controversial past.

“Firstly weight was a problem, having the fight at 65 kilos wasn’t possible, myself being 57.8 kilos and Kate being 64 kilos," Del Busso told the Daily Mail.

"Boxing Australia wouldn’t have accepted the weight difference.

“My team have my health and well-being at heart, which I am very grateful for, and decided it wasn’t possible to take the opportunity for the fight for those reasons.”

Earlier this year, Del Busso made a controversial appearance on Channel 7 reality show SAS Australia before recently turning her attention to boxing.

Josh Reynolds and Arabella Del Busso, pictured here during their tumultuous relationship.
Josh Reynolds and Arabella Del Busso during their tumultuous relationship. Image: Instagram

Paul Gallen lashes out at 'disgraceful' scandal

When asked last month if he would support Del Busso fighting on his undercard, Gallen lashed out.

"I know Josh really well and what happened there was disgraceful," he told Wide World of Sports.

"I have no control over who's on the undercard to be honest. I wouldn't not fight because of that reason, but no, I wouldn't support it.

"I wouldn't support that particular person, not my cup of tea at all.

"Josh is a great guy, always been to me, and I felt terribly sorry for what happened there.

"But I have no control over who fights on the undercard."

Paul Gallen and Darcy Lussick, pictured here facing off during a press conference.
Paul Gallen and Darcy Lussick face off during a press conference. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

In an interview with 60 Minutes last year, Del Busso - real name Donna Preusker - admitted to sending Reynolds a fake ultrasound but denied faking the pregnancies.

“(The media says) that I’m a liar, (however) not everything I’ve lied about is what the media is saying," she said on SAS Australia.

“I told my partner (Reynolds) that I had a pregnancy scan and I showed it to him and said it was ours when in fact it wasn’t our scan at all.

“Our relationship was coming to an end and I didn’t know how to deal with losing someone because I feel like I’ve lost family members and stuff (before).

“(I was doing it) to try to draw him back in.”

Reynolds previously said the hurt associated with the scandal "broke" him.

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