Paul Gallen has declared he'll be happy to forego a $1 million payday to watch rival Justis Huni get knocked out next week.

A frustrated Gallen had tried to get Huni's fight against No. 7 ranked Christian Tsoye - scheduled for May 26 at Sydney's International Convention Centre - cancelled because he's due to face Huni for the Australian heavyweight title three weeks later at the same venue.

If Huni gets injured or beaten in the bout against Tsoye, it virtually kills the million-dollar showdown with Gallen, which has left the rugby league legend confused and angry.

 

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Paul Gallen trains on the Gold Coast in preparation to fight Olympic-bound Justis Huni. Picture: NCA NewsWire
Paul Gallen trains on the Gold Coast in preparation to fight Olympic-bound Justis Huni. Picture: NCA NewsWire

 

But after unsuccessfully trying to scrap the Huni-Tsoye bout with Huni's promoter Dean Lonergan, Gallen is now happy to have his seven-figure contract destroyed in order to see Huni lose his first professional bout.

"I'll piss myself laughing if Christian Tsoye knocks him out, I'll laugh my head off," Gallen told News Corp.

"And I've said that to Lonergan and he says 'Well you won't get paid'. He needs to realise I'm OK, I'm not scrounging dollars together.

"I hope he gets knocked out. I'd piss myself if he misses his Olympic dream, it would serve him right.

"Yes, it would be nice to earn that big pay packet but Lonergan forgets I've played professional sport for 20 years, I'm all right."

Gallen (11-0-1, 6KO) and Huni (3-0, 3KO) will come face-to-face on Tuesday at the ICC to formally announce their bout for June 16, however Gallen is furious with Lonergan over a refusal to cover his training costs if Huni cannot back up after the Tsoye fight.

 

The former NRL star says he is happy to have his seven-figure contract ripped up in order to see Huni lose his first professional bout.
The former NRL star says he is happy to have his seven-figure contract ripped up in order to see Huni lose his first professional bout.

 

"I've been more than fair to Lonergan, I haven't even asked for compensation to be paid anything stupid like the $100,000 he got to allow Lucas Browne to fight me," Gallen said.

"All I asked for was to be paid back any costs I've incurred for travel because at the end of the day I've got four weeks of sparring to prepare for Justis Huni.

"Now to prepare for Browne and Hunt, I had six different blokes come in for one round each so they were fresh. Now this bloke (Huni) is a totally different kettle of fish, he's fast, he's a boxer.

"So we've had to get Teremoana Junior down from Brisbane, we had to go to Melbourne to spar Jason Whateley, go up to Brisbane for 'Django' (Faiga Opelu), this all costs.

"That's all I'm asking for, can you just cover my costs if he gets hurt? And he said 'No', he won't cover my costs."

Lonergan said there would be no insurance to cover Gallen's training costs "because this is boxing, you can get hurt in sparring".

 

Huni has a busy calendar of fights coming up starting with Christian Tsoye followed by Gallen and then the Tokyo Olympics. Picture: Richard Dobson
Huni has a busy calendar of fights coming up starting with Christian Tsoye followed by Gallen and then the Tokyo Olympics. Picture: Richard Dobson

 

Gallen said Lonergan reassured him the Tsoye fight would be akin to a sparring session for Huni, which only further infuriated the NRL legend.

"People in boxing seem to accept this, they're looking at this like it's a sparring session for him, so what's he having the fight for?" Gallen said.

"Because he's from a boxing background it's OK for him. Can you imagine if that was me, and my trainer said 'It will be like a sparring session for him'. The ridicule I'd cop from people in boxing and you guys in the media would be relentless.

"Imagine I faced an opponent like Justis faced [Jack Maris] on the Gold Coast, it's glass houses, because he comes from boxing it seems to be OK.

"It's like me against Mark Hunt and Lucas Browne - they were going to kill me. But because I beat them, suddenly they were sh--, they were done. It's whatever suits people in boxing.

"Lonergan wants to boost Huni's profile but he's going to fight in front of 40 people."

 

 

Originally published as Gallen's Huni giggle: 'I'll p--- myself if he's KO'd'