Paul Gallen’s NRL career has just finished but already the former Sharks skipper is talking about his next move in the boxing ring.
And there’s every chance that too may be his last, as he flags a fight with former AFL hardman and decorated amateur boxer Barry Hall.
Hall, who outside of being a star forward for the Sydney Swans and St Kilda, was of course infamously known for once knocking Brisbane Lions defender Brent Staker senseless with a roundhouse punch looms on the horizon for Gallen, according to a Sydney Morning Herald report.
“At this stage I haven’t signed the contract but if Barry wants to fight me, then let’s do it, I’m keen as,” Gallen told Nine media.
“That’s something I will jump in and do for sure.
“I’ve followed his (AFL) career a bit and from all reports he was an amateur champion. It was obviously a long time ago but he’s obviously got some pedigree when it comes to boxing.”
Some might argue Gallen has more sense than brains in taking that fight given the rumoured prowess of Hall inside the ring but the former NSW Origin star is not one to take a backwards step and is undefeated in nine fights and has finished off five of them by knockout.
The last time he was inn the ring he knocked out former league bad boy John Hopoate in February, though Hall is a significant step up from that.
His last win was a second-round KO of John Hopoate at the Hordern Pavilion in February.
Gallen said he would not have many more fights before he hangs up the gloves but remains keen on a bout with All Blacks star Sonny Bill Williams.