Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall boxing fight: Everything you need to know
They're calling it Code War, as two sporting legends don the gloves for the most anticipated boxing fight of 2019. Who will win in Hall vs Gallen?
Legendary Australian boxer Danny Green has pulled off a promotional masterclass! The West Australian is the chief organiser of the upcoming Code War boxing fight featuring Gallen vs Hall. That would be just retired NRL rugby league heavyweight Paul Gallen and former AFL bad boy Barry Hall. It's AFL vs NRL in the ring; it's Hall vs Gallen. And it has quickly become the most anticipated boxing match of 2019.
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When is the Gallen vs Hall boxing fight on?
The big day is 15 November, so circle that one in your diary now. The battle will go down at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne. While specific fight times have yet to be revealed, we can anticipate that the preliminary and undercard bouts will start around 6pm (AEST), with the main event of Gallen vs Hall starting around 9pm (AEST).
How to watch the Gallen vs Hall boxing fight
This will be a Main Event broadcast, only available to watch through pay-per-view. This is unlike many of the other big UFC and boxing battles that have, at the very least, the preliminary bouts available on Kayo Sports and Foxtel. You can see a comparison of all your pay-per-view options and how much they cost in our UFC guide. If you're unfamiliar with Kayo Sports, it's worth checking out our full review. This news sports streaming service is a sports fan's dream.
Who will win the Gallen vs Hall boxing fight? Preview
Paul Gallen is no stranger to the ring. One of the toughest men to ever play NRL rugby league and a fearless competitor, Gallen has had nine professional fights since 2014. He has won all nine, too, including five by knockout. The most recent was against former NRL bad boy John Hopoate and it pulled in a huge audience. At 180cm (5 ft 11 in) and 103kg, Gallen is about raw power and a big chin. And at 38, he has the age advantage over Barry Hall as well as recent experience.
However, Barry Hall is no mug, even at 42. Famed during his AFL career for his tough approach and willingness to throw a fist, he does have some history in the boxing ring. He won at the state level as a 15-year-old and had 15 fights as a junior boxer. Furthermore, Barry Hall has a significant height advantage. At 194cm (6 ft 4 in) and 104kg, he will have the upper hand, literally, despite the fighters having comparable weights.
As the fight was announced, Gallen revealed that people in his corner tried to talk him out of the fight. He said; "I'm really looking forward to this challenge against an AFL legend. When I first started boxing I was warned by some Australian boxing royalty to stay clear of Barry and also some mutual people we know who he'd played AFL with. When his name was mentioned over the past couple of years I saw it as a challenge and said 'yes' with it never eventuating. I guess now we'll get to see how good a judge those who backed him are."
We still like his chances.
Who will be on the Gallen vs Hall undercard?
The details of the undercard and preliminary bouts for the Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall boxing match were not revealed alongside the announcement. If we look at the history of previous matches involving rugby league players, we can expect more former NRL superstars to get in and throw some punches. While Sonny-Bill Williams and Anthony Mundine are boxers with too high a profile in their own right, there is no shortage of meat ready to take a pounding ahead of the main event.
We'd love to see Sam Burgess vs James Graham or Curtis Scott vs Dylan Walker. But here is a list of recent rugby league players who have entered the boxing ring.
List of rugby league players who are boxers
- Blake Ferguson
- Todd Carney
- Anthony Watts
- John Hopoate
- Justin Hodges
- Chris Sandow
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