Kiwi martial arts legend Mark Hunt does not believe former Cronula Sharks star Paul Galen will even come close to knocking him out of the boxing ring.
Hunt, a former K1 world kickboxing champion who has been a regular in the UFC heavyweight division for almost eight years and fought for the temporary heavyweight title in 2014, will compete with Galen in six – heavyweight round at Bankvest Stadium on December 16.
Although he had only two professional boxing matches – one defeat and one draw – and the last one was more than 20 years ago, Hunt is a huge favorite with the New Zealand TAB, which he has with $ 1.30 against Galen with 3, $ 40.
“There is not much to worry about,” Hunt told reporters at a news conference this week.
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Galen, who holds a professional boxing record of 9-0-1, is fresh from the decision for the majority draw against the former great AFL Barry Hall.
But even though Hunt was 46 years old and had not fought for a match since his last UFC outing in December 2018, he presented himself as Galen’s toughest opponent by some margin.
“I saw what a storm it could bring, and it’s not much – especially when I watched it live in Melbourne against Barry Hall.
Galen’s game plan is likely to be based on using his fitness to do enough to win laps and decide the cards, but Hunt does not see the former State of Origin representative and test beating him that way. .
“I do not think there is much I have not seen,” Hunt said
“I’ve seen the best of the best in the world for over 20 years, so I don’t think he has anything close to what they have,” Hunt said.
On the blockbuster card, the fight between Hunt and Galen will be a co-event with Kiwi and world-class heavyweight champion Bovin Morgan (21-1), who will climb in weight to win the Australian boxing sensation of Tim Xiu. – son of a boxing legend and hall of fame Kostya Cziu.
Xiu, who has not lost in 16 fights as a professional, is the $ 1.07 favorite with TAB in the head market versus Morgan’s $ 7.50.