Sharks Captain Paul Gallen has kept his unbeaten professional boxing record in tact, notching a unanimous points decision over fellow NRL player, the Warriors’ Bodene Thompson.
Although unable to floor the New Zealand backrower, Gallen landed several blows before taking the honours at the end of the four rounds.
“I knew it was going to be tough,” Gallen said.
“People said I was the favourite and I probably was, but he’s tough as nails.
"I knew it wasn’t going to be a knockout. I’m not that experienced and he’s too tough.”
In the wash up, though, Gallen confirmed that he would once more put his boxing endeavours on hold come the NRL season, with his focus solely and squarely on guiding the Sharks to a premiership in 2016.
“Maybe another one (boxing match) in the off-season, but we’ll see what happens,” the 34-year-old said.
“Once the end of January comes, I'm back into footy. I go back in a couple of weeks, but this is good (pre-season) preparation for me”.”
A big congratulations to Paul Gallen from the Cronulla Sharks!