Paul Gallen reveals insult that made him hate Sonny Bill Williams – as he accuses boxing legend of only fighting old boxers: ‘That was the end of me’
- Paul Gallen reveals the one stinging insult that made him hate Sonny Bill Williams
- The NSW Origin great says he will never fight Williams because of the remark
- Gallen accused Williams of only fighting boxers who are old and past their prime
Paul Gallen has ruled out a future comeback fight against Sonny Bill Williams and revealed the one brutal sledge that ensured the long-awaited fight will never take place.
The NSW Origin great hung up his gloves on Wednesday night, bringing a triumphant end to his 21-year sporting career with a unanimous points decision over Justin Hodges in their grudge match in Sydney.
Gallen said the fight would be his last fight, ending speculation of a showdown with longtime rival Sonny Bill Williams.
Paul Gallen (pictured after his win against Justin Hodges) has ruled out a future comeback fight against Sonny Bill Williams and revealed the one brutal sledge that ensured the long-awaited fight will never take place
Gallen said the fight would be his last fight, ending speculation of a showdown with longtime rival Sonny Bill Williams
Speaking at the post-fight press conference with Hodges, Gallen said he regretted that the fight with Williams never happened – and that a comment from Williams ruined their relationship forever.
“I never had a problem with Sonny Bill Williams, I always liked him, always respected him,” Gallen said.
“He always waits for someone to get too old before he fights them, and that’s what he’s waiting for with me. I’m not going to give him that chance now that I’m past my prime.
“He has done it with all the opponents and he was taken out recently
At the post-fight press conference with Hodges, Gallen said he regretted the fight with Williams (pictured) never taking place – and that a comment from Williams ruined their relationship forever.
– I’m disappointed that we didn’t do it. We should have fought twice; four or five years ago when I called him out and the loser could have said we were football players back then, we are professional boxers [now] so let’s do it again. And if it was one-all we could make a big decision and if someone won 2-1 then full credit to that person.
“We never had much beef along the way, I just always said he was afraid to fight me. He called me out and said [he wanted] a 60-40 contract, but we never had beef.
“And then he came out a couple of months ago and said, ‘He’s just not a good person.’
Gallen ruled out a future fight against Williams after hearing the former All Black say “he’s not a good person”
“That was the end of it for me. Who the hell is he to judge me as a person? That was the worst.
“That was the end of it. I came out, said what I thought about him, and there is no relationship there. I don’t want it to be, I don’t care.
Gallen said his fight with Williams will forever remain a “pub debate” because he has reached his prime as a boxer.
However, he believes Williams should stay in the fight game and make some money while he can.
Gallen said his fight with Williams will forever remain a “pub debate” because he is past his prime as a boxer
“I don’t like him, but I said the other day, ‘Would you keep fighting if you were Sonny Bill?’ Yes, I would. He is 37 years old, Gallen said.
“Look what I’ve done, I retired [from rugby league] at 38, look at the guys I fought, the money I made.
“He’s still got it, he can still do it. He was beaten by Mark Hunt who is a legend, one of the hardest hitters in the world.
“I’m not saying Sonny should quit, I’m just saying I’m never going to fight him.”
Gallen (pictured knocking out former world heavyweight champion Lucas Browne) revealed earlier this week that he has earned huge sums from boxing in recent years – estimating the figure at $25 million
Gallen revealed earlier this week that he has earned huge sums from boxing in recent years – and estimated the figure at $25 million.
The staggering earnings make his rugby league pay packets look paltry by comparison.