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Paul Gallen and Barry Hall have fought out a spirited draw at the Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.
Paul Gallen and Barry Hall face off in a code war boxing battle in Melbourne. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7pm (AEDT).
Not many would have predicted that one day we would see a league vs AFL in-ring battle between Paul Gallen and Barry Hall, but here we are.
The two men will slug it out on Margaret Court Arena; a venue normally known for its hosting of epic tennis encounters and concerts performed by popular artists. This time around it will host pugilism.
Gallen has shown some skill in the ring in what is still quite a young boxing career. Despite some questionable opposition, he has never been beaten. His goal will be to extend that run tonight against a man making his first professional trip inside the ropes.
Hall is a man mountain, was an enforcer on the field and despite having been out of the game for some time, looks in good shape.
Four years Gallen’s senior, Hall has a few obstacles to overcome if he is to win this fight.
Experience and ring craft look to be the two most significant of those, although his height and reach advantage could make things difficult for the former Cronulla captain.
No doubt there have been a few barbs thrown in the lead up to the fight and there could also be some code war bragging rights depending on the result.
As for the 6 x 2 minute rounds and how they will unfold? Who really knows. Let’s just hope there is some substance and time involved, with these sorts of arranged fights often lacking quality and merely providing quirky and cheap interest for punters.
Gallen looks to be a strong favourite for the fight, based on what we have seen in his previous bouts. Barry Hall is no wimp and possesses power.
A win for the former St Kilda, Western Bulldogs and Sydney Swans forward may come from an opportunistic moment where that power is used to penetrate a well organised and competent Gallen defence.
If Hall cannot manage that moment, it is likely that Gallen will wear him down with technique and claim his tenth professional victory.
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Where: Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
When: Friday 15th November 2019, 7pm (AEDT)
TV: Main Event
Betting: $1.55 Paul Gallen $2.34 Barry Hall
Pro record: 9 fights, 9 wins, 5 KO
Footy career: 348 NRL games (Cronulla)
Pro record: Debut
Footy career: 294 AFL games (St Kilda, Sydney, Western Bulldogs)
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