Who won Paul Gallen v Darcy Lussick fight

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Paul Gallen has returned to the winner’s circle with a scrappy win over fellow former NRL forward Darcy Lussick at The Star in Sydney on Wednesday night.

Gallen has improved his record to 12 wins, one draw and one loss after his first fight since losing to Justis Huni in June.

Lussick, who stepped in to take the fight last month after Manly prop Josh Aloiai was ruled out after contracting COVID-19, came out with all guns blazing in the first round to put the pressure on his more-experienced opponent.

He bombarded Gallen with a barrage in the second round to have his opponent on the ropes but the former Cronulla skipper bounced back to lands some big body blows on the taller Lussick.

By the end of the round, Lussick was knocked down after lurching forward.

Paul Gallen (R) and Darcy Lussick fight during their Footy Fight Night Christmas Bash heavyweight bout at The Star on December 22, 2021 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

He got up and tried to fight on but fell flat on his face and after bravely coming back for the third round, it didn’t last much longer with the referee calling off the fight.

Olympic bronze medallist Harry Garside lined up for his pro debut in the main lead-up fight against Fijian southpaw Sachin Mudaliar.

The young lightweight’s first fight in the professional ranks lasted less than one round with the referee stopping the fight because his opponent was not fighting back.

Garside said his right hand is still not right after it hampered his Olympic campaign and he would use the summer to get it fully healed before setting his sights on bigger fights in 2022.

Former Wests Tigers centre Joey Leilua reaffirmed his bad boy reputation after a foul-mouthed interview in the ring following his four-round knockout win over dual NRL premiership-winning forward Chris Heighington.

Their heavyweight fight was a borderline bar-room brawl but the Samoan international landed more blows to win a unanimous verdict.

Former Maroons and Kangaroos centre Justin Hodges was a surprise winner after his heavyweight stoush with ex-Newcastle Knights winger Nathan Ross while young Panthers utility Taylan May mauled Roosters hooker Freddy Lussick.

Kickboxing star Alex Simon was disqualified for repeatedly tripping Tavita Vaogo in their heavyweight bout while Ella Boot won a unanimous decision in the opening fight of the night, beating fellow Australian Enja Prest over four rounds.

Gallen said he wanted to fight Sonny Bill Williams in 2022 but was not sure whether it would ever eventuate.
“No idea what’s happening next, I’m 40. There’s one fight everyone wants to see me have, it’s been spoken about for 10 years, who knows if it’s going to happen.”

When asked about Lussick he paid tribute to his fallen opponent’s bravery.

“He’s a big boy – 6-foot 5, 110kg. I couldn’t catch him early. To his credit he really went close to the distance. He had me smothered there for a bit but we got the job done.

“With all due respect I wasn’t concerned even when the start of the second round he had a big flurry. You can go back and watch it but not a single punch landed, I was just parrying them.

“I let him wear himself out a bit but he’s a tough dude and I can’t thank him enough for stepping in after someone else pulled out.

“I just got to do what I can do and I did that and got the stoppage.”

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