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Paul Gallen vs Darcy Lussick: Live updates

Australian strongman Alex Simon has been disqualified in the second round of his heavyweight bout following an “unnecessary” act.

The latest chapter of Paul Gallen’s extraordinary boxing career has arrived, with the former Cronulla Sharks captain poised to take on fellow rugby league star Darcy Lussick in Sydney.

Gallen, who was undefeated for 12 consecutive bouts before his brave loss to Australian heavyweight champion Justis Huni in June, is expected to enter the ring at Star Event Centre in front of around 3000 spectators at approximately 10pm AEDT.

The 40-year-old was originally due to face Sea Eagle Josh Aloiai before he pulled out of the fight after testing positive to Covid-19.

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There’s some cash on the line too — No Limit promoter George Rose announced the fighter who delivers the best knockout of the night will be awarded a $20,000 bonus. If Lussick KOs Gallen, he’ll leave with an extra $20,000 in his back pocket — and vice versa.

Also featured on Wednesday evening’s undercard are ex-NRL stars Joey Leilua and Justin Hodges and Tokyo Olympic bronze medallist Harry Garside, who will be making his professional debut against Sachin Mudaliar, a southpaw who boasts a strong 9-1 record.

You can watch the full Gallen-Lussick fight card on Foxtel’s Main Event or live stream it on Kayo — both for $59.95 pay-per-view.

135kg giant disqualified for ‘bizarre’ act

Australian strongman Alex Simon has been disqualified in the second round of his heavyweight bout with Nathan Ross.

After being warned twice by the referee, Simon tripped his opponent and flipped him onto the canvas. To make matters worse, he threw a punch at Ross while he fell to the deck.

The referee immediately called the fight to an end, disqualifying Simon without a second thought.

Main Event commentator Ben Damon described it as “one of the most blatant trips you’ll ever see in a boxing ring”.

“Bizarre stuff,” he said.

“He’s not happy at all.”

Australian UFC champion Alexander Volkanovski continued: “He was trying to show his strength in the wrong areas.

“These things are unnecessary.”

British model secures majority draw on debut

The opening fight of the night has ended as a majority draw, with two of the judges unable to separate UK-born model Kate McLaren and opponent Malakay Moukayber.

Although Moukayber seemingly landed more punches in the four-round bout, the pair escaped with a draw to their professional record.

Two-time Australian Olympian Brad Hore tweeted: “Draw my arse that first fight. Moukayber won that.”

McLaren, who is coach by boxing legend Jeff Fenech, was supposed to take on Arabella Del Busso, the ex-girlfriend of former NSW five-eighth Josh Reynolds, but promoters reportedly took her off the card because of backlash to her inclusion.

Del Busso appeared on reality TV show SAS Australia last year, where she was interrogated over her alleged lies — which included faking being pregnant while she was with Reynolds.

However, Del Busso denied suggestions her past had anything to do with her fight against McLaren being wiped, saying instead it was because of weight issues.

Gallen fears for Lussick’s safety

Gallen has admitted he considered pulling the plug for his bout with Lussick because he was worried for his opponent’s safety.

“So I really think this is dangerous for his health,” Gallen told The Daily Telegraph.

“Two weeks ago it started crossing my mind that (the fight) would be something I didn’t want to do.

“Because I could seriously hurt this bloke.

“I deadset thought I might have to stop my body shots so I don’t hurt him.

“But I can’t.

“Over the past couple of years I’ve built up a profile by taking big fights.

“Those fights against Mark Hunt, Lucas Browne and then Justis Huni, they’re three fights nobody else in Australia would have had.

“At the time everyone thought they going to kill me. People thought they were literally going to kill me.

“So initially, I felt sorry for Darcy.

“But I can’t now. I’ve got to smash him.

“I have to destroy him.”

Full fight card

Paul Gallen vs Darcy Lussick — heavyweight (3x 2-minute rounds)

Harry Garside (Pro Debut) vs Sachin Mudaliar — lightweight (6x 3-minute rounds)

Joey Leilua vs Chris Heighington — heavyweight (3x 2-minute rounds)

Freddy Lussick vs Taylan May — cruiserweight

Sam Goodman vs Richie Mepranum — super bantamweight, WBA Oriental super bantamweight title

Justin Hodges vs Nathan Ross — heavyweight

Tavita Vaoga defeats Alex Simon vis disqualification

Ella Boot defeated Enja Prest via unanimous decision (40-36 x 3)

Natalie Hills defeats Linn Sandstrom via unanimous decision (58-57, 59-55, 58-56)

Kate McLaren vs Malakay Moukayber — majority draw (38-38 x 2, 39-36)

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