'Let's dance': Mark Hunt ready to rumble with Paul Gallen

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter
Mark Hunt (pictured left) and Paul Gallen (pictured right). (Getty Images)

Mark Hunt said he would go toe-to-toe with former NRL gun Paul Gallen in the ring after reports their respective camps are in talks to organise a bout.

Gallen was last in the ring in his drawn bout with former AFL star Barry Hall and has seemingly turned his attention to retired MMA heavyweight Hunt.

Hunt told Sporting News while he was surprised Gallen approached his camp, he would be very willing to get in the ring.

"I know Paul and when they first asked me if I wanted a scrap, I was like 'are you sure? Is your management right?’” Hunt told the publication.

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"It's fine. If Paul that wants this fight, by all means, I can oblige. 

"If he wants to dance, we can dance. It doesn't matter to me, but it surprised me."

Hunt said if the fight was going to go ahead, he would donate a proportion of his salary to the Australian bushfire appeal.

(L-R) Mark Hunt of New Zealand battles Aleksei Oleinik of Russia in their heavyweight bout during the UFC Fight Night event at Olimpiysky Arena on September 15, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Gallen and Hunt’s last bouts

Hunt hasn’t fought since 2018 after a decision loss to Justin Willis. This was also the last fight on his contract with the UFC.

But he outweighs the former NRL star in fighting experience with more than 60 professional bouts.

Gallen’s record is 9-0-1 and last bout was with Hall.

But fought twice last year.