Matchroom in discussions to hold long-awaited Paul Gallen vs. Sonny Bill Williams fight

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Matchroom in discussions to hold long-awaited Paul Gallen vs. Sonny Bill Williams fight

Powerhouse boxing promoter Matchroom is being urged to use the Sonny Bill Williams versus Paul Gallen fight as its launchpad into Australia.

Matchroom has been filling its stable with Aussie fighters including IBF bantamweight champion Ebanie Bridges, WBO number one super-lightweight Liam Paro and rising stars such as Skye Nicolson and Brock Jarvis.

Chairman Eddie Hearn confirmed the plan was to hold Matchroom’s first Australian show in September, but questions remain whether their current lineup of local talent would draw enough interest in a competitive sporting landscape.

One fight guaranteed to sell well is the long-touted SBW-Gallen matchup and Hearn confirmed there had been talks with both management teams.

“Those talks are ongoing. Everybody tries to get busy in boxing,” Hearn said.

“We’ve had a lot put to us in terms of opportunities in Australia. I look at things a little bit differently in terms of how I’d like to approach the market.”

Gallen’s management confirmed the ongoing discussions to Sporting News, hoping Hearn, Matchroom and broadcast partner DAZN can get the fight over the line after many years of unsuccessful negotiations.

The Sharks premiership captain and 12-1-1 professional boxer, who is preparing to face Kris Terzievski in Newcastle on May 11, has heard it all before and knows the clock is ticking.

“I’ve told everyone for a long, long time, I’m retiring this year,” Gallen told Sporting News.

“I’ve been trying to get the Sonny Bill fight for ten years, if Eddie Hearn or whoever can make it happen, let’s make it happen.”

Gallen and his team confirmed there was a clause in his contract with No Limit to accept a fight with Sonny Bill outside the terms of his deal.

“They know my contract situation with No Limit. They’ve probably got it,” he said.

“I’ve told Sonny to his face. I said, ‘I can fight you at any stage, separate from my No Limit contract, as long it’s not eight weeks prior to a No Limit event.’

“I’ve been earmarked for an event in December, so I can’t fight eight weeks before that. That takes it back to September. He’s fighting in August.

“How’s it going to happen? I just can’t see how it’s going to happen.”

If, as Gallen expects, the Williams fight doesn’t happen, Hearn has an opponent in mind for the two-time World Cup and two-time NRL premiership winning Kiwi.

“The fight is to make Sonny Bill against Gallen, that’s the fight for down under,” Hearn said.

“If that fight can’t get made, then maybe the Jake Paul fight is one we can have some fun with. 

“When you fight someone like Sonny Bill Williams, you bring in a lot of different markets as well. 

“He’s a very famous international sportsman. You’re also going Sunday in Australia, which brings in the Australian market. 

“A lot of people know Sonny Bill in the UK, that brings in the relevance in that market and it would be primetime in the US.”

 

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