Gallen offers to take on ‘any Queenslander’
YOU'D think boxing trainer Noel Thornberry's mobile phone battery would run dry with all the calls from people wanting to fight victorious NSW and Cronulla captain Paul Gallen (pictured), especially after Gallen's infamous "two head" jibe aimed at Queenslanders before the first State of Origin game this year.
Currently suspended after accepting a deal cut by ASADA after the long-running supplements investigation into dealings at Cronulla in 2011, Gallen has offered to take on "any Queenslander" game enough to get in the ring with him in a three-round fight to raise money for charity.
The fight will feature on the under-card to Alex Leapai's stoush with American Malik Scott at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on October 24.
Gallen last fought in January, when he climbed off the canvas after being ironed out by Herman Ene-Purcell to win the fight.
The obvious challenger, Titans hard-head Nate Myles, who wore a couple of Gallen's punches in an Origin series two years ago, is unavailable, having recently undergone shoulder surgery.
Thornberry said he was still chasing an opponent for Gallen, who told him he didn't care who he fought.
"Given how popular he is in Queensland, you wouldn't think that would be a problem," Thornberry said.
"He won't be getting paid. He's doing it to raise money for charity so it's a positive thing. I'd say there would be plenty of Queenslanders out there willing to put their hand up."