As he prepares for his last ever boxing fight, Paul Gallen has revealed he has grossed a mammoth $25 million from the sport in just the past three years.
The Cronulla Sharks legend will take on Justin Hodges in Sydney on Wednesday night in a rematch after he defeated Hodges in their first fight in September.
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With Gallen set to hang up the gloves for good, the search is on for the next crosscode star to fill his shoes and become Australian boxing’s next pay-per-view golden goose.
Gallen has long been linked to a fight with Sonny Bill Williams but said he has no desire whatsoever to fight the former NRL and All Blacks star, even if that means knocking a payday of up to $5 million.
“I’ll never fight Sonny Bill, I’ll say that right now, even if they guaranteed $5 million in my bank account before the fight, because he’d make $5 million too,” Gallen said, per News Corp.
“He had his chance. We should have fought twice over the last couple of years. The ego and arrogance from their side is at a level that I don’t want to be involved in.
“No Limit don’t want to be involved with them, No Limit’s the biggest and best promoter in Australia and they don’t want to be involved with them? What does that say?
“That fight will never happen, I’m not going to talk crap about Sonny. I was asked if Sonny should fight again, yes, Sonny is 37, he’s got plenty left in him.
“Look what I’ve done in the last three years, grossed $25 million. He could do the same, make millions. But I will not fight Sonny Bill, ever.”
Gallen said his boxing output over the last three years has been worth a mega $8.3 million annually.
The 41-year-old was very well compensated for his gutsy performances in heavyweight fights against the likes of Mark Hunt, Lucas Browne, Justis Huni, Darcy Lussick and Kris Terzievski.
His most recent fights against Hodges and Ben Hannant are just the icing on the cake.
Last year Anthony Mundine revealed he had made a whopping $34 million from his storied boxing career.
Australian boxing is desperate for a football player to fill Gallen’s shoes and the candidates include Williams, Roosters premiership forward Siosiua Taukeiaho, as well as current NRL stars Matt Lodge, Junior Paulo and Tevita Pangai Jr.
Williams is at a crossroads after his loss to UFC legend Hunt earlier this month, but Gallen believes his old foe could make plenty of money if he stays in boxing.
“There’s definitely plenty of money to be made,” Gallen said.
“I just don’t know if Sonny wants to do it. But if I were Sonny I wouldn’t be stopping.
“The guy is 37. And look at what has happened with me from roughly the same age.
“I’ve grossed $25 million over the past three years. That’s a lot of money.
“So $25 million in three years … no, I wouldn’t be leaving if I were Sonny.”
Gallen will fight Hodges at Sydney’s ICC Super Aware Theatre on Wednesday night and will be hoping to finish his boxing career on a high.
The main event will see the maligned Michael Zerafa take Danilo Creati.
When is Paul Gallen’s last boxing fight?
Coverage of the fight card begins at 7pm on Wednesday on Main Event and Kayo Sports.
Timing isn’t an exact science in boxing and with this jam-packed card, Gallen, Hodges and Zerafa may not step in the ring until after 9 or 10pm.
How can I watch Gallen vs Hodges and Michael Zerafa’s fight?
This is a pay-per-view fight card, available to watch on Main Event or stream via Kayo Sports.
You can purchase the PPV for $59.95 here.