Manawatu Standard

Gallen battles on with KO


Paul Gallen says his earth-moving, first-round knockout of Lucas Browne – Australia’s only world heavyweigh­t boxing champion – is a victory for the battlers who dare to dream. Despite maintainin­g he’s only fighting for money, former NRL star Gallen announced himself as a heavyweigh­t force to be reckoned with after preserving his unbeaten recordwith a brutal beat-down of Browne in Wollongong. Furious about Browne dismissing him as a ‘‘footballer’’, the retired rugby league great sent ‘Big Daddy’ to the canvas twice inside the first twominutes with a series of devastatin­g blows to the head on Wednesday night. Undefeated in a dozen bouts, Gallen says it’s nice to continue defying the doubters with his ‘‘have a go’’ attitude. ‘‘One hundred per cent effort, 100 per cent of the time. That’s what I do,’’ he said. ‘‘What I do and teach my kids is always do your best. Whatever you can do, have a crack.’’

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