Paul Gallen confirmed during the week that he would be heading back into the boxing ring but the former footballer might just stick with the two sports.
A rugby league great who is just a month short of the big 4-0, Gallen posted a video of himself at the skate park on Instagram as he took on the half-pipe.
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Any post-40 move to make the skateboarding at the Paris Olympics in 2024 appears off the cards however as the footy star turned boxer poked fun at himself as he took a big stack coming down a ramp in front of some kids.
He did redeem himself however in a second video where he clearly dusted himself off and went again.
While it was a funny video and shows why he’s still a man of the people despite playing the villain in his boxing career, particularly against Aussie heavyweight star Justis Huni in his last fight, it also had an important message.
“It’s been a while, it didn’t start so well with a stack but like anything stick to it you’ll get there #imluckyineverbroke #howoldami,” he posted.
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Maybe we can’t rule out Paris 2024 after all.
While there were several fans to reply to the videos — usually like Gallen’s former teammates Chris Heighington and Aussie boxing star Demsey McKean, with laugh crying emojis — McKean added “better than me, that’s for sure”.
Gallen also replied to Heighington saying “got me real good that one”.
Paul Gallen’s future is not in skateboarding.Source:Instagram
This is what it takes to get Gallen on the canvas.Source:Instagram
Gallen opens up on boxing comeback
It comes as Gallen will return to the boxing ring after his epic 10 round performance against Australian heavyweight titleholder Huni.
Gallen suffered a broken rib from the event but won plenty of fans for his performance to last into the final round.
Others called for the NRL legend to retire from the ring as he has “nothing left to prove”.
Gallen does have a rematch on the table for another Huni fight but has yet to say if he will take it up.
It seems unlikely as despite not having a fight on his cards as yet, Gallen said he’s ready “to make a dollar” by getting back in the ring.
With an 11-1-1 record in boxing and having made a reported $1.5m at least from the Huni fight, Gallen said he will be back.
“I will get in the ring again,” Gallen told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports radio, earlier in the week.
“Who that is against and when? I’m not too sure.
“Over 400 games of football and 15 fights, I’ve been hurt once.
“I have nothing to prove, but I want to make a dollar.
“The offers that have come to me over the past three weeks have been unbelievable from that (Huni) fight.
“It’s like my stocks have gone up. I can’t imagine what would have happened had I won that fight.
“My stocks have gone up because of the effort I put into it and the fight itself.”
Paul Gallen will be back.Source:News Corp Australia
He also revealed that he’d had offers from both footballers and boxers.
“I have the option to do both, but first of all, it will be football players to start with and then after that, I will go back to boxers and MMA-type of people,” he added.
“There will be rugby league players to start with and then we will look at boxers and MMA fighters after that.
“And there is always the option of Sonny Bill Williams.”
Williams has long been the target of Gallen and the New Zealander did fight recently having retired from rugby league and rugby union.
Another option is former Dragons centre Matt Cooper who has been training in MMA and WWOS reported that he has UFC boss Dana White’s support to make it happen.
“I feel like footy players boxing each other is pretty dead. I don’t think it’s what everyone wants to see,” Cooper told Wide World of Sports.
“I think people want to see a change. Most people love the UFC and that’s where it’s going.
“I’m keen to fight him. I’ve said before in the media. Everyone wants to see it. I want to be his first MMA fight. I texted him a couple of years ago and he’s said he would if the money’s right.”
Watch this space.
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