Paul Gallen has survived a initially-spherical scare to seal a TKO victory in opposition to a dazed and baffled Darcy Lussick at Sydney’s Star Casino.
The 3rd-round earn suggests the only blemish in Gallen’s boxing job is his defeat to Justis Huni.
Gallen gave away six inches in top but his experience in the ring proved a must have as he withstood Lussick’s early barrage to declare the get.
Lussick, whose sole combat prior to this bout was a 39-second knockout of ex-Brisbane Broncos and Queensland rugby league star Justin Hodges, took this match-up with four weeks’ notice.
But he started with incredible brutality and had Gallen overwhelmed for considerably of the to start with spherical.
Alternatively than search to use his excellent achieve, Lussick was ready to take the guide and pushed Gallen versus the ropes as the pair traded early human body pictures.
When they moved to the centre of the ring Lussick proved to be the extra productive as he unleashed a wide range of uppercuts and hooks, forcing Gallen to weave his way out of problems.
The previous Cronulla captain struggled and by the time the bell went to signal the stop of the 1st round, he was gasping for air.
But Gallen’s sturdiness proved important in the next spherical and following Lussick commenced brightly he relinquished control of the contest.
The previous Manly prop was pretty actually clinging to Gallen as he weary to the stop of the 2nd and dropped to the canvas.
Lussick survived the depend and went into the third in all sorts of trouble.
It took referee Les Panic just 20 seconds in the third to phone time as a disorientated Lussick looked on.
“To his credit he was also robust to drive away,” Gallen said.
“I wasn’t worried (by the very first round) with all thanks regard. I took a punch and then I was just carrying him.
“I won’t be able to thank him more than enough for stepping in.”
Gallen reported he was not keeping his breath for a likelihood of a hugely anticipated fight versus Sonny Bill Williams.
“There’s a person battle every person would like to see me have,” he explained. “It can be been talked about for 10 years.”
The 40-calendar year-old received $20,000 for the greatest knockout of the night and donated his prize to Harry Garside and Sam Goodman, who each received earlier on the night time.