Paul Gallen has revealed he’s unlikely to fight Justis Huni again but says he has fielded a number of “unbelievable” offers.
Gallen (11-1-1, 6 KOs) was waved off by the referee in the 10th and final round of his Australian heavyweight title fight against Huni (5-0, 4 KOs) last week, following a knockdown. It was Gallen’s first defeat.
While Gallen has a rematch clause, which he can exercise for a later date after Huni competes at the Tokyo Olympics, he revealed today he likely won’t go down that route.
The former Cronulla Sharks captain was asked about a rematch with Huni on 2GB’s Wide World of Sports Radio, to which he replied “probably not”.
“I didn’t get to fight the way that I wanted to fight. I didn’t fight the way I trained or sparred,” he said.
“He’s a great fighter, I can’t take anything away from him. I don’t want to say I wasn’t at my best; he was too good, that’s the way it was.”
Since the defeat to Huni, the 39-year-old has been urged by a number of pundits to retire from boxing, including from the likes of Australian boxing great Jeff Fenech.
However, Gallen said retirement may be a hard path to go down after being inundated with fight offers after last week’s TKO defeat.
“We will weigh up what options [are available],” he said.
“The last week there’s been options coming from everywhere, it’s been unbelievable.
“Some of the things that have been spoken about, things that have been put to me have been unbelievable. Probably things I don’t want to go that far with.
“It’s amazing, I lost the fight. Some of the things that have come to me since I lost have been amazing.
“I’m not sure what I will do, I’ve got to remember I’m turning 40.”
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