Paul Gallen’s upcoming bout against Justis Huni has a State of Origin feel to it.
Gallen needs no introducing when it comes to the interstate rivalry, but Huni in fact spent time with the Maroons ahead of Game I last Wednesday.
Watch Paul Gallen v Justis Huni on Main Event available on Foxtel and Kayo, Wednesday 16 June at 7pm AEST. ORDER NOW >
However, the Australian heavyweight champion ditched Paul Kelly’s side and was nowhere to be found when the Origin opener kicked off.
Perhaps he knew the impending disaster that would take place on the field at the Queensland Country Bank Stadium, with a rampant Blues side decimating a woeful Maroons outfit 50-6.
Gallen, who led the Blues to Origin triumph in 2014, was in Townsville for the match and saw it as a major chance to promote the fight, but was left to do it all on his own.
Gallen was left to promote the fight himself in Townsville.Source:Getty Images
“He didn’t turn up, I was very disappointed in that,” Gallen told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports radio.
“I thought it was a great opportunity. Let me tell you, the media all day yesterday were bored.
“All the media yesterday went to Magnetic Island because they had nothing else to do.
“Justis Huni wouldn’t come up, it would’ve been an outstanding opportunity to promote the fight. Everyone in Townsville knew about it, but he wasn’t up there.
“It was disappointing. The Blues touched the Queenslanders up, I’m going to touch him up next week.”
Despite Huni’s no-show in Townsville, Gallen won’t be too fussed about having to shoulder the media duties due to the extremely lopsided pay packet he is set to receive.
The former Cronulla star is set to make upwards of $1.275 million from the fight, while Huni will only pocket $225,000, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
However, Huni’s father and trainer Rocki maintained that the fight was “never about the money”.
“We are getting Justis’ name out there, and what better platform than being involved in a Main Event with probably the most hated person in Queensland,” Rocki toldThe Sydney Morning Herald.
Huni’s promoter Dean Lonergan added that Gallen was getting “the best deal of his life”.
“He’s negotiated hard. The problem with Gallen is that not only does he want his slice of the pie and your slice, he also wants his neighbour’s slice of the pie, Justis Huni’s slice and any pie that’s in the street,” Lonergan said.
“It’s a good deal for Paul, a good deal for us and everyone gets out of it what they want.”
The two will come to blows in June 16 at Sydney’s International Convention Centre, with the card kicking off at 7pm (AEST).
Source: Read Full Article