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Gallen def Paulo on points in boxing bout

AAP logoAAP 9/12/2016 Adrian Warren

Crounlla, NSW and Kangaroos forward Paul Gallen notched another victory in a memorable year, as he maintained his perfect professional boxing record with a unanimous points win over fellow NRL star Junior Paulo on Friday.

The Sharks premiership-winning captain wore down the Raiders forward in a hectic bout at a sold out Hordern Pavilon to improve his record to 6-0.

Briefly rocked in the second of three two minute rounds, Gallen showed his resilience and experience to finish well on top of a much taller and heavier opponent.

Boxing debutant Paulo, acquitted himself well and also had plenty of crowd support.

Gallen finished ahead 30-27 on two cards and 30-28 on the other in a crowd-pleasing bout.

He was almost subdued by his usual high pressure standards in the opening round, but ramped up the tempo in the second.

Gallen tagged Paulo a number of times, and appeared to be getting on top.

However, Paulo then had his best spell of the fight, nailing the Sharks skipper with some good shots before Gallen reasserted himself in the closing seconds.

Gallen dominated the round against a flagging Paulo.

He threw some nice left jabs early, but tagged Paulo with a number of crunching right hands in the last minute to remove any doubt about the outcome.

"He got a bit tired in the last round,' Gallen said

A three-round bout between recent NRL players and boxing debutants Chris Sandow and Todd Carney finished in a majority draw.

Two judges scored it even and the other made Sandow a three-point winner.

Sandow and Carney, both of whom are looking for an NRL contract, showed plenty of purpose and intent in a spirited bout, but predictably rather less skill and guile than on the rugby league field.

Parramatta NRL forward Peni Terepo was stopped in the second round of his boxing debut by David Tuliloa.

Tamworth's Kye MacKenzie won the Australian super lightweight title with a fourth round stoppage of previously unbeaten Dylan Emery and 2012 Olympian Jai Opetaia won the NSW heavyweight crown with a first round stoppage of Peter Brennan.

Veterans Tommy Browne and Samuel Colomban fought out a lively six round draw.

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