Paul Gallen v Justin Hodges boxing battle: Sio Siua Taukeiaho, undercard, George Rose

Australia’s main boxing promotion firm hopes former Roosters big Sio Siua Taukeiaho takes over from Paul Gallen because the “subsequent cross-code star”.

The one downside is nobody has stepped as much as battle Taukeiaho on the undercard of Gallen’s farewell bout in opposition to Justin Hodges in Sydney subsequent Wednesday night time.

No Restrict Boxing is working desperately to discover a match for Taukeiaho, who discovered time throughout the Rugby League World Cup to hone his boxing.

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In Gallen’s phrases, No Restrict Boxing is “on the lookout for the following Paul Gallen”, and the rugby league legend has heard Taukeiaho “can punch like a beast”.

Eels wrecking ball Junior Paulo would have made for a dream match for Taukeiaho, however he will probably be in no state to step within the ring after the World Cup remaining between Australia and Samoa on Sunday (AEDT).

“He was over within the UK on the Rugby League World Cup doing additional coaching and ready for the affirmation as to who he was going to battle on the Gallen-Hodges undercard, however sadly we’re nonetheless ready,” stated No Restrict Boxing chief government George Rose.

“Nobody has stepped as much as the plate.

“I am certain he would’ve beloved to have been taking part in within the World Cup remaining, however his staff suggested us weeks in the past that he was so dedicated to combating on this card he was keen to ditch any post-final celebrations or holidays to return dwelling and battle.”

It is a uncommon disappointment for No Restrict, which has helped make Australian boxing in style once more by spectacular battle nights, full-card press conferences and the star energy of Gallen and Tim Tszyu.

“It is fairly uncommon for us to be able with an enormous platform on Predominant Occasion and never be capable of match somebody on debut, so clearly boxing sorts have accomplished their analysis on him,” Rose stated.

“Paul Gallen is a cross-code icon and he bows out subsequent Wednesday night time, so in fact we’re on the lookout for somebody to step up and fill the void he’ll depart.

“Gal has proved in case you have the drive and dedication to coaching and provides boxing the hours it deserves, then the world is your oyster.

“And if what Sio Siua has proven so far in juggling his World Cup commitments and boxing coaching, then who is aware of, maybe he might be our subsequent cross-code star.”

Taukeiaho was on the Rugby League World Cup representing Tonga, who was eradicated by Samoa in a 20-18 quarter-final defeat in Warrington.

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Taukeiaho performed his remaining sport for the Roosters this 12 months and is about to affix the Catalans Dragons within the Tremendous League.

Gallen fired a warning on the man mountain.

“There are some large punchers on the planet that do not actually go on, so he is bought to study that there is much more to it than simply having the ability to punch laborious,” Gallen stated.

“You’ve got bought to have the ability to land that punch.

“There’s clearly Junior Paulo there, as effectively. No Restrict’s on the lookout for the following Paul Gallen and it feels like there’s a few good ones there … hopefully they will discover a battle for him and he can present how good he’s.

“Hopefully one in every of them, Junior Paulo or Taukeiaho, take over from me and paved the way, lead the cost for the footy boys and get in there and provides it a go.”

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