NRL star turned boxer Paul Gallen reveals the insult that made him hate Sonny Bill Williams

Paul Gallen reveals the insult that made him hate Sonny Bill Williams – as he accuses cross-code legend of only fighting old boxers: ‘That was the end of it for me’

  • Paul Gallen reveals the one stinging insult that made him hate Sonny Bill Williams
  • The NSW Origin great says he will never fight Williams because of the remark
  • Gallen accused Williams of only fighting boxers who are old and past their best

Paul Gallen has ruled out a future comeback fight against Sonny Bill Williams and revealed the one brutal sledge that ensured the heavily-anticipated bout will never take place.

The NSW Origin great hung up his gloves on Wednesday night, making a triumphant end to his 21-year sporting career with a unanimous points decision over Justin Hodges in their grudge match in Sydney.

Gallen said the fight would be his final bout, ending speculation of a showdown with longtime rival Sonny Bill Williams.

Paul Gallen (pictured after his win against Justin Hodges) has ruled out a future comeback fight against Sonny Bill Williams and revealed the one brutal sledge that ensured the heavily-anticipated bout will never take place

Paul Gallen (pictured after his win against Justin Hodges) has ruled out a future comeback fight against Sonny Bill Williams and revealed the one brutal sledge that ensured the heavily-anticipated bout will never take place

Gallen said the fight would be his final bout, ending speculation of a showdown with longtime rival Sonny Bill Williams

Gallen said the fight would be his final bout, ending speculation of a showdown with longtime rival Sonny Bill Williams

Speaking at the press conference after his bout with Hodges, Gallen said he regretted that the fight with Williams never took place – and that one comment from Williams ruined their relationship forever.

‘I have never had an issue with Sonny Bill Williams, I’ve always liked him, always respected him,’ said Gallen.

‘He is always waiting for someone to get too old before he fights them and that’s what he’s waiting for with me. I’m not going to give him that chance now that I’m past my best.

‘He’s done it with all his opponents and he got caught out recently

Speaking at the press conference after his bout with Hodges, Gallen said he regretted that the fight with Williams (pictured) never took place - and that one comment from Williams ruined their relationship forever

Speaking at the press conference after his bout with Hodges, Gallen said he regretted that the fight with Williams (pictured) never took place – and that one comment from Williams ruined their relationship forever

‘I’m disappointed we didn’t do it. We should have fought twice; four or five years ago when I was calling him out and whoever lost could have said we were footy players back then, we’re professional boxers [now] so let’s do it again. And if it was one-all we could do a huge decider and if someone won 2-1 then full credit to that person.

‘We never had much beef along the way, I’ve just always said he was scared to fight me. He called me out saying [he wanted] a 60-40 contract, but we never had beef.

‘And then he came out a couple of months ago and said ‘He’s just not a good person’.

Gallen ruled out a future fight against Williams when he heard the former All Black say 'he's not a good person'

Gallen ruled out a future fight against Williams when he heard the former All Black say ‘he’s not a good person’

‘That was the end of it for me. Who the f**** is he to judge me as a person? That was the worst thing.

‘That was the end of it. I came out, said what I thought about him and there’s no relationship there. I don’t want there to be, I don’t care.’

Gallen said his bout with Williams will forever remain a ‘pub debate’, because he is past his prime as a boxer.

However, he thinks Williams should stay in the fight game and make some money while he can.

Gallen said his bout with Williams will forever remain a 'pub debate', because he is past his prime as a boxer

Gallen said his bout with Williams will forever remain a ‘pub debate’, because he is past his prime as a boxer

‘I don’t like him, but I said the other day, ‘Would you keep fighting if you were Sonny Bill?’ Yeah I would. He’s 37 years of age,’ Gallen said.

‘Look what I’ve done, I retired [from rugby league] at 38, look at the blokes I fought, the money I made.

‘He’s still got it, he can still do it. He got beaten by Mark Hunt who is a legend, one of the hardest punchers in the world.

‘I’m not saying Sonny should stop, I’m just saying I’ll never fight him.’

Gallen (pictured knocking out former world heavyweight champion Lucas Browne) revealed earlier in the week that he's made huge amounts of money from boxing in recent years - estimating the figure to be $25million

Gallen (pictured knocking out former world heavyweight champion Lucas Browne) revealed earlier in the week that he’s made huge amounts of money from boxing in recent years – estimating the figure to be $25million

Gallen revealed earlier in the week that he’s made huge amounts of money from boxing in recent years – estimating the figure to be $25million.

The staggering earnings make his rugby league pay packets look minuscule by comparison.

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