There are plans for Justis Huni to fight world-rated heavyweight Junior Fa on a footballing fight card that includes Jason Taumalolo, Brandon Smith, Addin Fonua-Blake and Junior Paulo if Paul Gallen can be talked out of a rematch against the budding Olympian.
Huni’s camp hopes Gallen doesn’t enact a rematch clause in his contract after the former Sharks skipper absorbed an incredible amount of punishment at the Aware Super Theatre on Wednesday night.
Jason Taumalolo will step into the boxing ring.Credit:Getty
“The two things I say to my guys is, ‘I want you to finish your career healthy and wealthy’. There ain’t no point being wealthy if you’re not healthy, and I don’t think it’s healthy for Paul to take that fight again.
“There are other options out there for him, where he could make similar sorts of money. He’s got nothing to prove to nobody.
“On that basis, I’m looking for another opponent for Justis.
“Junior Fa’s last fight was against Joseph Parker. He’s six-foot seven, his record is 19-1, he hammered Joseph Parker four times in the amateurs, which they split two-each.
Justis Huni tangles with Paul Gallen.Credit:Getty
“Parker just won the decider over 10 rounds in Auckland and he’s now No.2 in the world. This is the level we believe Justis is at.”
Gallen is yet to decide whether he wants a rematch with Huni but told the Herald on Thursday he intends to keep boxing.
“I can’t throw it in because of that,” Gallen said. “I’m not going to run away from the sport or not be involved after one loss. That’s not what I’m about.”
Lonergan said Taumalolo, one of the NRL’s most explosive athletes, would be a huge boxing drawcard.
“Taumalolo wants to become a professional boxer at the back end of his rugby league career,” Lonergan said. “He wants to follow in the footsteps of Anthony Mundine and Paul Gallen.”
Such a move is unlikely to impress V’landys. The league boss is concerned about neurological damage stemming from head knocks and said “if they’re boxing in the off-season then that is a concern”.
“They shouldn’t be doing it,” V’landys told 2GB.
“They have to consider, playing rugby league and then doing boxing as well, could have lifetime ramifications.”
However, Lonergan said the footballers would compete in contests appropriate to their skill level.
“The game they are going into is way different to the game that Paul Gallen is in,” he said.
“One is entertainment with a view to getting more serious later on, as Paul has shown, and the other one is the hurting business.”
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