Gallen at ringside, not in it

PAUL Gallen’s coming to a fight night near you.

The Cronulla Sharks second rower won’t be pulling on the gloves when he’s in Gladstone next weekend, and contrary to the belief many league fans hold of the crunching NSW State of Origin player, he has no desire to get in the ring.

“I’ve never had a fight and don’t plan on having a fight,” Gallen said.

The PCYC fight night is on next Saturday, September 18, and with over 20 fights on the card, the boxing will be fast and furious.

Local PCYC talent Matt Douglas, Corey Hicks and Adam Keogh are fighting on the night, as they try to get their amateur boxing careers off the canvas, and Sam Nicol will go into the ring against Warwick’s Shane Perry in the 70kg category.

When told about the fight night, Gallen had no hesitation accepting the invitation due to the PCYC’s involvement.

“After I found out what the event was for, I was happy to put my hand up and have a go,” he said.

“I think the PCYC is a great thing. There’s always young kids who can go out and get in fights on the street, so it’s a good outlet for them, they can get in there a few times a week, punch bags and spar each other and that vents their aggression.”

Gallen saw the influence boxing can have while growing up in Blacktown.

“While I didn’t box at the PCYC there, my brother did, and I saw what the PCYC did for him,” he said.

As for boxing, it doesn’t matter what the standard is, as long as the intensity and intent is there from the opponents.

“It doesn’t matter if you go watch the biggest names or anyone, if there’s two blokes in there having a go at each other, it’s going to be a good spectacle anywhere you go,” the Sharks hard man said.

Gallen will be making presentations throughout the night, along with other guests including former NRL players Jason Hetherington and Mark Graham.

Tickets are $12, and pensioners $6, and the boxing doors open at 5.30pm, at the PCYC.

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