Rugby league great Paul Gallen has vowed to ruin Lucas Browne’s career ahead of the pair’s boxing bout on April 21.
Gallen, 39, (10-0-1) will clash with Browne, 41, (29-2-0), an ex-WBA champion, in a heavyweight bout in Wollongong.
A war of words between the fighters has been ongoing ever since the bout was agreed upon earlier this year, with the former NRL player recently comparing Browne’s title achievement to that of an NRL “reserve grade” trophy.
Gallen today once again added more fuel to the fire when he said Browne isn’t a real boxer after the former champion criticised the rugby league great’s boxing credentials.
“I’m just going to box him, that’s all I have to do [to win],” Gallen told reporters today.
“He’s got big power, we know that – that’s how he’s won his fights.
“He says I’m not a boxer, I don’t think he’s a boxer, to be honest.
“I think he’s got good power. I’m just going to box him, be smart, not get caught by anything too big hopefully, and If I do that I will win.”
Gallen said after he knocks off Browne later this month, the former WBA champ will struggle to book future bouts because the loss will damage his reputation and he’ll lose his “shine”.
It’s understood the winner out of Gallen and Browne’s bout could face Olympic super heavyweight boxing prospect Justis Huni before the Tokyo Olympics.
“I don’t have to make up any trash talk, I’m just going to off what Lucas says,” he added
“He still thinks I’m a footy player, he refers to me as a footy player. He’s called himself the greatest Australian heavyweight of all time.
“All the pressure is on him. I’ve got no pressure on me. He’s put all the pressure on him by calling himself the GOAT.
“I don’t know what’s left for him after he gets beat by a footy player. He’s trying to plan fights in England at the moment, I know he’s talking to other ones, I know he’s got a Justis Huni fight planned or signed.
“Once I beat him that’s going to take all the shine off that fight.
“That fight’s going to be irrelevant. I don’t know what he will do after I beat him.”
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