'Yesterday's hero': Paul Gallen's brutal sledge after beating Mark Hunt

Andrew Reid
·3-min read
Paul Gallen is seen here speaking after his win against Mark Hunt in Sydney.
Paul Gallen had some fighting words about two stars after his win against Mark Hunt on Wednesday night. Pic: Getty

Paul Gallen wasted no time sticking the boot into Sonny Bill Williams, before calling out a UFC icon after his impressive win against Mark Hunt in Sydney on Wednesday night.

The NRL great kept his unbeaten boxing record intact with a unanimous points decision over the 46-year-old UFC legend.

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The pair traded fierce blows for six epic rounds at Bankwest Stadium, with all three judges giving the decision to Gallen despite some big hits from Hunt that clearly rocked the 39-year-old.

No sooner had Gallen dismantled Hunt, than he turned his attentions to Williams, after being asked if a bout with the All Blacks and league great was on the cards.

"Sonny Bill's yesterday's hero. Where's he? Where's he?" Gallen said when asked if the sport-hopping Kiwi was in his sights.

Pictured here, Paul Gallen and Sonny Bill Williams.
Gallen dismissed Sonny Bill Williams as 'yesterday's hero'. Pic: Getty

"I've said I'll fight him for how many years now. You'll have to go and ask him.

"Why not ask Sonny Bill if he wants to fight me? I'm always the one answering the question. Go and ask Sonny.

"Actually, go and ask Khoder (Nasser, his manager). Khoder speaks for him. Sonny can't talk."

With the Williams prospect brutally brushed aside and the victory against Hunt in the bag, Gallen then called out another UFC icon - Aussie former middleweight champion Rob Whittaker.

"I know how fit he is. I know I won't be fitter than him, I won't be stronger than him," Gallen said.

"Its going to be a challenge. That's what I'm here to do. I'm here to promote boxing and what bigger challenge than Rob Whittaker."

Aussie UFC star Robert Whittaker is seen here during a fight.
Gallen has his sights set on a fight with Aussie UFC star Robert Whittaker. Pic: Getty

Gallen was quick to call out Whitaker after Wednesday night's triumph in front of 11,820 fans at Bankwest Stadium, saying he was riled by seeing an interview with the UFC hot-shot years ago.

"Someone asked if he'd fight me and he said, 'Yeah, I'd fight him but he wouldn't fight me' and he laughed, like in a way that annoyed me," said the ironman former Sharks and NSW State of Origin captain.

"I felt, 'stuff you, you condescending prick, I'll fight ya.'

"Like I had options for this fight, but Mark was the big name and the big drawcard. He was the biggest name, he was the biggest scalp.

"I've got that one done. If we can come with a deal with Rob Whittaker, we'll sort that one next.

"I won't be taking any less than 50-50."

Gallen and Hunt put on a show in Sydney

And he means business.

Anyone who thought Gallen's showdown with 46-year-old Hunt was a boxing gimmick should have been ringside.

The NRL great had to pull out all stops to keep Hunt at bay.

The mixed martial arts superstar, having his first boxing bout in 20 years, wasn't expected to go the distance.

But he did, causing Gallen to draw on all of his trademark endurance to get the judges' nod.

"He hit me in round two. I don't know what with. It rocked me for a second," Gallen said.

"I was rattled, without a doubt.

"But I'm so fit at the moment. I have trained so hard."

with AAP

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