Super Fight LIVE: Tim Tszyu’s shock tip for Gallen v Hunt as money comes for NRL great
Tim Tszyu headlines the Sydney Super Fight card against Kiwi Bowyn Morgan, with former NRL star Paul Gallen facing mixed martial arts royalty Mark Hunt in a co-feature that promises chaos if the pre-fight drama is anything to go by.
The headline act could serve as a world title eliminator, with the WBO announcing that if current champion Patrick Teixeira and Brian Castano can’t make their fight by January 6, then Tszyu, with a win against Morgan, will fight for the WBO super welterweight belt next.
“Once the fight finishes, we can start talking about world titles,” Tszyu said at Monday’s press conference; eyes on the prize, as usual.
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Chaos! Hunt swings at Gallen1:14
TSZYU TIPS ‘MACHINE’ GALLEN IN UPSET
While Tszyu’s focus will be firmly set on Morgan, he’s predicting a surprise result in the co-main event, believe Gallen can overcome Hunt — if we weathers and early storm.
“It will be an interesting fight,” Tszyu told the TAB.
“It could go both ways .. Mark Hunt’s got the big punch, the combat sports background. While Paul Gallen is a workhorse. He’s a machine who doesn’t stop and he’ll be coming non-stop.
“My money’s on Gallen due to the fact if he can survive the early onslaught of Mark Hunt, I think he’s got it in the bag. If he’s not able to survive it, it’s Mark Hunt.”
HUNT THE FAVOURITE BUT GALLEN FIRMS
All the major betting outlets have Hunt as the favourite but there’s been a late push for Gallen, who was as high as $2.80 earlier in the week.
The markets are much closer as the fight nears, suggesting plenty believe the former NRL great can cause an upset.
Hunt is currently $1.65 with Gallen at $2.20 on Sportsbet with Hunt by KO/TKO the shortest price favourite for method of victory at $2.
Meanwhile, TAB has also Hunt at $1.65 and Gallen at $2.25 . Ladbrokes have Hunt as the favourite at $1.65 with Gallen at $2.30.
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Fighting words: Gallen v Hunt9:05
TRAINER’S BRUTAL WARNING TO GALLEN
Paul Gallen has maintained that he does not think Mark Hunt is the same knockout beast that headlined highlight reels in the UFC.
“People are remembering Mark Hunt and these knockouts that he’s famous for a long, long time ago,” Gallen said on The Big Sports Breakfast earlier this month.
“At 46 years of age, it’s not the same Mark Hunt people are remembering.
“I’m going to prove that. He’s not going to be able to get to me like he thinks he’s going to get to me and like everyone else thinks he’s going to get to me.”
His trainer Rich Fogarty has shot down those claims though, saying he has spent 10 months transforming Hunt into a boxing force and predicts it won’t end well for Gallen.
“But come fight night, you’re going to see Mark Hunt’s eyes light up,” Fogarty told the Daily Telegraph.
“And when he connects with Gal it’s going to be frightening.
“All respect to Gal, he’s a tough opponent.
“But I see Mark finishing him within four.”
Gallen & Hunt's wild weigh-in4:29
HOW MUCH DO GALLEN AND HUNT STAND TO GAIN?
Tszyu has gladly taken the back seat to Gallen and Hunt, who went back-and-forth at the same presser, before clashing at the weigh-ins.
At times, it’s been difficult to really understand what they’re arguing about. But the reality is that it doesn’t matter. They have to get in the ring and punch each other on Wednesday night, and that’s created a less-than-friendly dynamic in the lead-up.
And while Gallen claims this fight is for money rather than legacy, he’s had to get over the “frustrating” payday gap.
The Daily Telegraph reported Hunt will take home close to $500,000, while Gallen will net around $400,000.
“I’ve got more options — that’s the difference,” Gallen told foxsports.com.au. “Who else does Mark Hunt fight?
“There’s no-one in Australia who has the balls to jump in the ring with him, and earn the money that he can earn, and he’s earning more money than me.
“I had other options where I would have earned very, very close to the same amount of money, and fights that I probably perceived to be easier, and I did my best to negotiate as long as I could, but it just didn’t work out that way.
“I wanted to fight Mark ... get in the ring with the biggest name in Australian combat sports. But as I said, what other options does Mark Hunt have? He’s got none.
“The UFC doesn’t want him anymore. Those other organisations don’t want him. No-one is willing to jump in the ring with him, so I just didn’t see why he should be earning more money than me. And he’s earning a lot more money than what I am.
“It did frustrate me, but I signed the contract, I’m there now ready to go, and I’m just going to get the win and worry about what’s next after that.”
Tszyu, Morgan weigh-in!2:32
Also on the card, Ty Telford and Darragh Foley face off in what has been maybe the only match-up that can match the level of animosity between Gallen and Hunt.
After that, rising Australian star Liam Wilson will take on Rodynie Rafol. Then, Paul Fleming and Bruno Tarimo go to work in a super featherweight fight that promises fireworks.
WHEN AND WHERE IS IT ON?
The Sydney Super Fight event is on Wednesday, December 16 at Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta, NSW. The action starts from 5.30pm AEDT.
HOW TO WATCH
The event will be broadcast live and exclusively on Main Event, available on Foxtel and Kayo. Click here to subscribe. You can also check out the venue finder to see where you can watch the fight.
Foxsports.com.au will also provide a live blog of the event with all the video and news soon after the big fights.
FULL FIGHT CARD
Main Card (from 7pm AEDT)
Tim Tszyu vs. Bowyn Morgan – 10 rounds – super welterweight – Tszyu’s IBF Australasian and WBO Global light middleweight titles
Paul Gallen vs. Mark Hunt – 6 rounds – heavyweight
Paul Fleming vs. Bruno Tarimo – 10 rounds – super featherweight
Liam Wilson vs. Rodynie Rafol – 6 rounds – lightweight
Ty Telford vs. Darragh Foley – 10 rounds – super lightweight
Preliminary Card (5:30pm AEDT)
Luke Jackson vs. Tyson Lantry – 6 rounds – lightweight
Riccardo Colosimo vs. Dillon Bargero – 4 rounds – super welterweight
Trent Girdham def. Oscar Doane — via unanimous decision (40-35 x 2, 39-36)
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