The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - SPORT -

PAUL Gallen has shown his in­tent to­wards his up­com­ing bat­tle-of-the-codes fight with Barry Hall by lin­ing up a training camp in Eng­land with that coun­try’s for­mer heavy­weight cham­pion.

Gallen, who packs 103kg into a com­pact 180cm frame, has sought out 198cm Bri­tish cham­pion Hughie Fury (pic­tured) in north­ern Eng­land so he can be­come ac­cus­tomed to box­ing a taller op­po­nent. Hall stands at 194cm and de­spite never hav­ing fought pro­fes­sion­ally, is seen by some good judges as hav­ing too much skill, too much hand speed and too much reach for Gallen.

For­mer world cham­pion Danny Green has been im­pressed by Gallen’s com­mit­ment. “He landed there four days ago and sp sparred Hughie Fury the first day, which shows just ho how se­ri­ous he is,” fight p pro­moter Green said. “Fury is ex­tremely tal­ented, just off a world c cham­pi­onship belt.

“Paul said to me, ‘peo ‘peo­ple think I’m just a rugby league guy who likes box­ing, but I’m fair dinkum about this and I will not be los­ing’.

“Gallen is a raw, in-your-face fighter who is im­prov­ing.”

The fight is sched­uled for Novem­ber 15 at Mar­garet Court Arena in Mel­bourne.

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