Origin fight night RECAP: Justin Hodges fumes at 'bullcrap', chaos erupts as Paul Gallen fight stopped by referee – Wide World of Sports

  • September 16, 2022

PAUL GALLEN def JUSTIN HODGES via TKO
Joe Goodall def Arsene Fosso via TKO
Benjamin Hussain lost to Lachlan Higgins via TKO
Junior Tafa def David Tuliloa via TKO
PAULL GALLEN def BEN HANNANT via unanimous decision
Ty Telford def Vanlalawmpuia via knockout
Jack Bowen lost to Renold Quinlan by knockout
Miles Zalewski def Shiva Mishra via TKO
Jalen Tait def Krishnil Mudaliar via knockout
Angel Rushton lost to Ange Harries via unanimous decision
Desley Robinson def Stephanie Mfongwot via unanimous decision
That was certainly a chaotic end to the night at Nissan Arena in Brisbane.
No Limit Boxing boss Matt Rose stormed the ring when the referee stopped Justin Hodges in the third round, only to be pushed away by the fight official.
The wild scenes were quickly tempered when Paul Gallen and Hodges embraced and shared a laugh.
But Hodges wasn't laughing about the result or the way it finished.
"I know the ref's got a job to do (but) there's no way in the world I was hurt," Hodges claimed.
"That was absolute bullcrap. I'm an ultimate professional, I take it on the chin.
"I'll have a rematch because that was bullshit."
Hodges landed an illegal punch on Gallen during a referee stoppage in the second round, and then Gallen landed his own illegal shot on Hodges.
Neither fighter was penalised and the bout continued.
Gallen dominated in the third and looked on his way to victory anyway, but the referee opted to finish it before Hodges got injured.
Gallen and Hodges basically organised a rematch while in the ring.
"I've got one fight left on my contract, Hodgo just asked if I can give him a rematch and I said yeah," Gallen said.
"We would be doing it in Sydney, we'll do the next one in Sydney."
Gallen has only lost twice in his boxing career and has never been knocked out by an opponent, not even Australian heavyweight champion Justis Huni.
But Hodges came close in the second round when he dropped Gallen and the latter looked serious shaken.
"That was really tough – getting up again (after beating Ben Hannant earlier in the night) was probably harder than I thought it was going to be, to be honest," Gallen said.
"I think that's the first time I've been put down by a shot that it absolutely stunned me, and rocked my brain.
"He got me fair and square, man, it took me five seconds to get up and make sure I was OK, suck some deep breaths in. So good shot, whatever that was, I'll watch it back."
Paul Gallen dominates the third round and Justin Hodges needs a knockout to win.
Gallen lands some massive shot and the referee calls it!
GALLEN WINS!
The referee sprays No Limit Boxing's Matt Rose who stormed the ring to ask why the fight was stopped.
Hectic scenes.
The second round is even more eventful than the first round!
Paul Gallen is knocked down by Justin Hodges after the latter threw an illegal punch after a stoppage.
Gallen then later throws his own illegal punch and Hodges stays down on his knee, but the referee demands he stand up.
The crowd is on their feet and certainly getting the money's worth.
"Surprised no one lost any points in the round," caller Ben Damon says.
Well, this fight is living up to the hype!
Justin Hodges looked surprisingly good early on, as Paul Gallen copped a number of big shots.
Gallen looked rocked for a few seconds before the fighters clinched.
Gallen was warned twice about punching the back of the head.
Both fighters keen to end this before the final bell.
Justin Hodges and Paul Gallen have walked to the ring to square off.
The fight is scheduled for four rounds – but will it go the distance?
Gallen already has one win under his belt tonight.
If Gallen loses this, No Limit Boxing has put $1 million on the table for a rematch.
Joe Goodall gets emotional in the ring after beating Arsene Fosso, and he grabs the mic off Ben Damon.
"Paul Gallen, I've been calling you out for years, for years," Goodall shouts.
"I'm a Queenslander. Fight me, or f— off. Go away and live the rest of your life as a pussy."
Given Gallen has said he only has one more fight left in him, it's doubtful he will get in the ring with Goodall.
Yet another disappointing end to a fight tonight, with Arsene Fosso surrendering to Joe Goodall in the third round.
Fosso was cooked after round two but went back out there, only to basically take a knee and look at the referee who had to stop the fight.
The cornermen of Fosso were fuming, but replays showed the fighter wanted no more part of it.
"That's surrendering, to me," boxing icon Jeff Fenech says.
"The referee did the right thing."

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