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NRL great Paul Gallen has rejected Roosters enforcer Matt Lodge’s proposal of a $1 million crowdfunded charity boxing match, labeling his claim “embarrassing” and a “PR stunt.”

Last week, Gallen defeated both Ben Hannant and Justin Hodges on the same night and has one fight left on his No Limit boxing contract.

The man who won a premiership with Cronulla called on promoter Matt Rose to seek out the rugby league’s most feared enforcers for his farewell in December.

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“I have no problem fighting a current NRL player as I have no doubts for a moment that I will beat them all,” Gallen said.

According to a social media post from Lodge, Gallen’s team approached him to consider the match.

Lodge made it clear that he is not in it for the money and his first condition is that $1 million must be raised on a GoFundMe page, donated to a youth program or used to set one up in his native West Sydney – hoping to “make some children’s lives better”.

“I have been asked several times to fight. I’m sure everyone would love nothing more than to see me in the ring,” Lodge wrote in a statement on Instagram.

“Last week Paul Gallen said he would ‘crush any current NRL player’ and he wants to do that for his last fight.

“Well, after much thought, I’m willing to give 99 percent of people what they want. I jump in the ring with the best boxer in rugby league and give him his grand final.

“Whenever he wants, as many rounds as he wants. Bankwest Stadium of Northies I don’t care much, you choose. But I don’t box, I’m a footy player, so I’m sure I’m not doing it aimlessly – and I don’t want a dollar for it.

“Instead I want everyone to throw in what they can afford, pull out the popcorn, sit in the lounge and enjoy. I want to donate it all to charity.”


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But Gallen destroyed the Beast of the Roosters, calling on him to instead donate the $700,000 in salary from the Warriors he received before joining the Roosters.

“He wants to raise money, doesn’t he?” Gallen told Wide World of Sports. “So again he doesn’t really do anything. Again, he’s looking for other people to donate their hard-earned money to make him look good.”

“If he really wants to donate money and take care of these people, donate the money he doesn’t work hard for, he’ll get $700,000 from the Warriors, donate that to charity,” Gallen said.

“Prove how much you want to help people. Don’t use other people’s hard-earned money, don’t use my profile.

“You do something yourself. You get up from your back. Everything I’ve heard him say, he does absolutely nothing. He’s asking other people to donate money, $1 million, and he’ll fight me. Shut up, mate.”

Gallen added: “You’re not going to use me and have the skin to ask other people to donate money. Do it yourself.”

“Why should I participate in this? … People see through it. Everything he said in that post, he is doing for no one but himself.”

Per WWOS, Gallen also labeled Lodge’s post “embarrassing” and a “PR stunt.”Get all the latest NRL news, highlights and analysis straight to your inbox with Fox Sports Sportmail. Apply now!!

Lodge admitted ‘I’m not a boxer’ and admitted he was likely to take a beating from the talented competitive player turned boxer.

He also called on any rugby league fan who has booed him in the past to stick their hand in their smallpox to see him get “punished”.

“For anyone who cannot forgive me and feels I should be punished. Well, now’s your chance to watch,” Lodge said.

“By my calculations there must be about 50,000 people booing me for every touch of the ball for years, which is only $20 each. Come on guys, put your money where your mouth is. It’s for a good cause and hopefully I can stop a few kids from making the same mistakes I did.

“I am not a boxer, I have no interest in being a boxer. I’ve never been in a boxing fight and I’m not calling you in under any circumstances. They’ve asked me to do it behind the scenes and this time I see it as an opportunity.

“Not for me, but for the kids in the neighborhood. I’m taking a beating from the best rugby league boxer on TV to make some kids’ lives better.

“Everyone knows it’s the one. The best selling fight two footy players can make.”

The former Broncos and Warriors prop also understands that he will be the “villain”, due to his checkered past, allowing Gallen to end his career as “the hero”.

And yet Lodge wants to step into the ring against the man with a professional record of 14-2-1, who has left Mark Hunt and Lucas Browne in his wake.

Aaron Woods, Lodge’s co-first rower and friend, labeled the potential fight a “promoter’s dream” before jabbing the rooster handler.

“This could be a promoter’s dream. Everyone in Australia wants to see Lodgey’s head smashed in. We know why he’s had a few indiscretions in the past,” Woods said on Triple M.

“He comes over and tries to be a big tough guy on the pitch, he hid behind Waerea-Hargreaves on the pitch.


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“He milked out penalties when he was with the Warriors and they won the game, this is his chance to try to stand up and be a tough one.

“And he’s come across one of the toughest dudes to ever put on a glove… Gallen is always the bad guy.

“We could all stand behind Gal one day to watch Lodge get his head smashed in…. how many people would like to see him hit in the head, he can’t even get into the prime minister’s squad right now.”

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