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Paul Gallen may have won over the hearts of many critics with his toughness in a 10 round beating at the hands of Justis Huni, but fans have also taken aim at how the beatdown was allowed to continue.
Huni ended Gallen's undefeated professional boxing record to retain his Australian heavyweight title in spectacular fashion.
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The Australian heavyweight champion punished Gallen in nearly all 10 rounds with the former NRL star out on his feet at points.
Gallen even tackled Huni in desperation late in the 10th round in an attempt to stay in the fight.
But it was clear very early on that Huni was too quick, powerful and technical for Gallen's pressure tactics.
While many have praised Gallen for his toughness to last 10 rounds against the Aussie champ, others have called the decision to allow the beatdown to continue as an 'appalling' decision.
At points, Gallen was clinging on to Huni just to avoid the enormous body blows and heavy right hands.
Gallen even had his hands down by his side late in the fight after taking thunderous body shots.
This prompted many to call out the referee following claims he should have stopped the bout earlier.
Others also called out Gallen and claimed he was too brave for his own good as a self-proclaimed 'prize fighter'.
With a rematch clause in the contract, Gallen raised the idea of triggering the move for a fight down the line.
However, many felt he should take his reported $1.1 million and stop fighting.
Gallen tackles Huni in desperation
The former NRL star did provide a hilarious moment during the bout.
Gallen was doing everything possible to stay standing against a brutal Huni onslaught in the 10th round.
This even involved digging deep and going back to his NRL days.
After taking a bombardment, Gallen appeared to stumble and held onto Huni.
He then wrapped his hands around the 106kg giant and tackled him to the ground.
The move prompted a cheer and also outrage from the crowd as Huni was seeking the stoppage.
However, the fight was rightfully stopped only moments later.
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