Paul Gallen v John Hopoate: Date, how to watch, odds, what they are saying

Resuming his boxing career Gallen faces Hopoate, the most suspended NRL player in history, in a fight the fans are hoping produces a knockout.

James Baxter
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Wed, 6 Feb, 12:00 AM

 

Paul Gallen who holds an undefeated professional record of 8-0 is set to step into the ring with rugby league bad boy John Hopoate. Hoppa holds a record of 12 wins (11 by KO) and 5 losses, however has not fought since 2010.

 

The heavyweight fight, which has already created a war of words on social media, is expected to see a lot of footy fans tune in to see two villains go punch for punch.

 

When is Gallen v Hopoate?

 

The fight is scheduled to take place from 6.30pm (AEDT) on Friday 8th February. Ten fights are scheduled including Tim Tszyu, the son of Kostya, taking on Denton Vassel plus Justin Hodges making his boxing debut against Rob Baron.

 

Where is it taking place?

 

Gallen will fight Hopoate at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion for the Star of the Boxing Ring event. Last year Anthony Mundine fought Tommy Browne at the Star in the Charity Fight Night.

 

Tickets?

 

Tickets for the Charity Fight Night can be bought on Ticketek with General Admission tickets going from $60; ring side seats can be purchased from $100 - $150.

 

How can I watch it?

 

The Gallen-Hopoate charity fight will be broadcast on Main Event for $49.95

 

What are the odds for Gallen v Hopoate?

 

At present, Paul Gallen is the resounding favourite paying just $1.17* with Sportsbet. You can back John Hopoate to win at $8* with Unibet.

*Odds correct at time of posting.

 

What are they saying?

 

Hopoate to Gallen: “I’ll end his sporting career, he can sit in retirement with his coach”

 

Gallen vowing to end Hopoate’s sporting career. “You’re not going to handle what’s coming. I just want to remind you, Hoppa, and everyone else, that you chased this fight. You’re the one who called me a coward, you’re the one who said ‘sign the contract’ and that I’ll never fight again. Well I’ve signed it mate and I’ll be there. I promise you right now you’re not going to handle what’s coming.”

 

Hopoate on contacting promoter Matt Rose to request both fighters submit to pre-fight testing. A nod back to the Cronulla Sharks’ infamous 2011 supplements scandal. “You know Paul’s been in trouble for that before, so I’m just making sure that it’s an even field. I don’t know if he would [look for an illegal advantage], but I’m just being safe because I want an even field when we’re both out there.”

 

Gallen responding to be being called a drug cheat. “I do find it funny though, how you and other people probably couldn’t name anyone involved at Cronulla from all them years ago but you want to try and single me out for it. And quite frankly it’s because you couldn’t lace my boots on your best day. The difference between them and you though, is that I get to punch you in the face for it, and I’m really looking forward to that. I’m actually going to embarrass you. I’m actually at the point now where I’m thinking about just tapping your fat head around, round after round until you quit yourself or your corner throws the towel in.”

 

Gallen to Hopoate “this will be your last fight, you won’t fight again after this because I will knock you out champ.”

 

John Hopoate: “If I win this I want to fight the four guys who suspended me for 10 years at NSW Rugby League... I want all four of them to jump in [the ring] at one time and I’ll give them my verdict.”

 

John Hopoate in asking for upfront payment of his purse to fight Paul Gallen so he can lay a bet on himself. “I’m paying $5 so I want to bet on myself and make a quarter of a million dollars, because I am that confident."

 

Full Card

 

     -     Paul Gallen v John Hopoate

     -     Tim Tszyu v Denton Vassell

     -     Mark Lucas v Rocky Jerkic

     -     Cesar Mateo Tapia v Adam Copland

     -     Darragh Foley v Wellem Reyk

     -     Danilo Creati v Shiva Mishra

     -     Ben Savva v Luke Travers

     -     Pouono Lopeti v Isaac Hardman

     -     Ebanie Bridges v Mahiecka Pareno

     -     Justin Hodges v Rob Baron

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