‘Fuse lit’ as NRL star reveals plan to fight Gallen

Rampaging Manly forward Josh Aloiai has revealed he's in talks with Paul Gallen's camp in a bid to square off with the rugby league legend in the boxing ring.

The long-time amateur boxer says he wants to take on the former Sharks captain in December and is confident in his ability, declaring "I will win the fight".

That's despite Gallen's defeat of MMA legend Mark Hunt and victory against former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne, as well as his epic performance against reigning Australian heavyweight champion Justis Huni, in which he lost by TKO in the 10th round.

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Gallen revealed on 2GB's Wide World of Sports radio in August that he had locked in three bouts to be fought over the next 18 months, but he stopped short of announcing his opponents.

Aloiai has this week suggested he could be one of those opponents, on the back of pressure from promotional company No Limit Boxing.

"I've been in the boxing gym since I was able to walk," Aloiai said on Triple M radio.

"Everyone that's in the boxing 'know' will most likely punt on my side, probably surprisingly. I guess the mainstream people are saying I'm the underdog, but my team and the team that are in the boxing 'know'... will probably back me.

"There's a fight deal on the table and we're just looking over the contract, making sure everything's all good, going through the process of having lawyers look at it... We're waiting to see if 'Gal' will sign his side.

"I didn't think I was going to get Gallen straight away. He's kind of been in my sights for a little while but I didn't think I was going to get Gallen straight away. So I told No Limit, 'match me with anyone else'. I think they're struggling to find people that are willing to fight Gallen.

"Then we came to the conclusion that I'm happy to fight him. I'm ready now."

While a fight against Gallen would mark Aloiai's professional boxing debut, the former lays claim to an 11-1-1 record.

But Aloiai insists he will still be better prepared than Gallen.

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"In terms of literal fight time Gallen's got more ring experience, you would say. But in terms of moving around with heavyweights and sparring I would have a lot more ring time than him; I've been doing it since I was a kid," Aloiai said.

"The only question now would be like, 'is Josh going to be as good under pressure, under the lights in front of heaps of people? Is he going to be able to do what we know he can do?'.

"That'll be the main question.

"I'm super comfortable in the ring, the event won't get to me, I'll get out there and box well, I'm not worried about it."

Panthers great Mark Geyer, who co-hosted the Triple M interview with Aloiai, declared a clash was in the making.

"The fuse has been lit."

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