Paul Gallen reveals the insult that made him hate Sonny Bill Williams – as he accuses the cross-code legend of only fighting old boxers: ‘That was the end for me’
- Paul Gallen reveals the one stinging insult that made him hate Sonny Bill Williams
- The great NSW Origin says he will never fight Williams because of the comment
- Gallen accused Williams of only fighting boxers who are old and over their best
Paul Gallen has ruled out a future comeback fight against Sonny Bill Williams and has revealed the one ruthless sled that ensured the highly anticipated fight never happens.
The great NSW Origin hung up his gloves on Wednesday night and triumphantly ended his 21-year sporting career with a unanimous points decision over Justin Hodges in their Sydney grudge match.
Gallen said the fight would be his last fight, ending speculation about a confrontation with his old rival Sonny Bill Williams.
Paul Gallen (pictured after his win against Justin Hodges) has ruled out a future comeback fight against Sonny Bill Williams, revealing the single brutal sled that ensured the much-anticipated fight never happens
Gallen said the fight would be his last fight, ending speculation about a showdown with his old rival Sonny Bill Williams
At the press conference after his fight with Hodges, Gallen said he regretted that the fight with Williams never happened – and that one comment from Williams ruined their relationship forever.
“I’ve never had a problem with Sonny Bill Williams, I’ve always liked and always respected him,” said Gallen.
“He’s always waiting for someone to get too old before fighting them and that’s what he’s waiting for with me. I’m not going to give him that chance now that I’ve done my best.
“He’s done it with all his opponents and he was caught recently
At the press conference after his fight with Hodges, Gallen said he regretted that the fight with Williams (pictured) never happened – and that one comment from Williams ruined their relationship forever
“I’m disappointed we didn’t do it. We should have fought twice; four or five years ago when I called him out and whoever lost could have said we were footy players then we are professional boxers [now] so let’s do it again. And if it was one-all we could do a huge decider and if someone won 2-1 then all credit to that person.
“We never had much beef along the way, I always said he was afraid to fight me. He called me out to say [he wanted] a 60-40 contract, but we never had any beef.
And then he came out a few months ago and said, ‘He’s just not a good person.
Gallen ruled out a future fight against Williams when he heard the former All Black say ‘he’s not a good man’
‘That was the end of it for me. Who the f**** is he to judge me as a person? That was the worst.
That was the end. I came out, said what I thought of him and there is no relationship there. I don’t want to be there, I don’t care.’
Gallen said his fight with Williams will forever remain a “pub debate” as he is past his prime as a boxer.
However, he thinks Williams should stay in the fighting game and make some money while he can.
Gallen said his fight with Williams will forever remain a ‘pub debate’ as he is past his best years as a boxer
“I don’t like him, but I said the other day, ‘Would you keep fighting if you were Sonny Bill?’ Yes, I would. He’s 37 years old,” Gallen said.
“Look what I did, I retired [from rugby league] at 38, look at the dudes i fought, the money i made.
“He still has it, he still can. He was defeated by Mark Hunt, a legend, one of the hardest punchers in the world.
“I’m not saying Sonny should stop, I’m just saying I’ll never fight him.”
Gallen (pictured knocking out former world heavyweight champion Lucas Browne) revealed earlier this week that he has made a huge amount of money from boxing in recent years – an estimated $25 million
Gallen revealed earlier this week that he has made a huge amount of money from boxing over the past few years – he estimated the figure at $25 million.
The staggering earnings make his rugby league salary packages look miniscule by comparison.