Paul Gallen is certain he will come away with victory on Wednesday night in Sydney in a huge rematch against Justin Hodges, explaining it will go smoother than the first time around.
Hodges was the “third man in” after Ben Hannant went four rounds with Gallen in September, putting up a fight, before Gallen found the finish.
In that fight, Hodges was able to score a knockdown, but the former Sharks forward is full of confidence and will only have to face one opponent in the co-main event of the evening, before Michael Zerafa gets back in the ring against Danilo Creati.
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The Origin rivalry was on full display as Gallen slammed Hodges for his reputation as the “third man in after someone has already done the damage”.
“I know if I do what I do and fight my fight he is no chance tomorrow night,” Gallen said after the weigh-in.
“We can expect a different Paul Gallen, we can expect someone that hasn’t already fought, he’s always used to be the third man in, the next man in after someone has already done the damage.
“His big front rower doing that in Queensland, he won’t be doing that tomorrow night, he only has me to contend with.
“I know if I do what I do he’s no chance of getting me, he’s going to look for a knockout early, that’s all he has got, he isn’t going to get through six rounds.
“Yeah without a doubt (I finish him), he can’t go six rounds, he did drop me last fight I am not taking that away from him but I will win tomorrow night.”
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Gallen weighed in at 103.30 kg while Hodges tipped the scales at 103.04 kg.
While the New South Welshmen is the heavy favourite to complete his boxing career on a high, Hodges is going to come out swinging.
“Had to work hard, Gal is always going to be the fitter guy… I expect that when I come day here, more boos are better for me,” Hodges said.
“I am just trying to stop him, six rounds haven’t gone that deep ever so I need to put him away, and that’s what I am trying to do.”
In the main event, Zerafa tipped the scales at 72.44kg, while Creati weighed in at 71.58kg.
Meanwhile, almost 10 years to the day since he retired from rugby league as a Melbourne Storm premiership winner, Jaiman Lowe will face former Roosters prop Sio Siua Taukeiaho.
The 39-year-old, who lost his only professional bout in June, weighed in at 135.64 kg after agreeing to take on Taukeiaho at the 11th hour.
The current Catalans Dragons forward is making his professional debut on Wednesday and weighed in at 109.02 kg.
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FULL FIGHT CARD
Michael Zerafa vs. Danilo Creati — middleweight
Paul Gallen vs. Justin Hodges II — heavyweight
Paulo Aokuso vs. David Zegarra — light-heavyweight
Jaiman Lowe vs. Sio Siua Taukeiaho — heavyweight
Ty Telford vs. Joel Taylor — welterweight
Liam Talivaa vs. Louis Marsters — heavyweight
Daniel Suluka-Fifita vs. Bryce Jones — heavyweight
Shanell Dargan vs. Chandni Mehra — featherweight
Tommy Browne vs. Jorge Kapeen — super-welterweight
Micky Pengue vs. Ben Hussain — super-welterweight
George Peterson vs. Gary Phillips — heavyweight
Tywarna Campbell vs. Deanha Hobbs — super-featherweight