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Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall - Can Gal take out big, bad Baz?

Retired AFL great Barry Hall makes his professional boxing debut this Friday night against ex-Cronulla Shark Paul Gallen
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Barry Hall and Paul Gallen speak to the media on Wednesday (Getty Images)
 

Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall - Can Gal take out big, bad Baz?


The cross-code score between two of Australia's toughest ex-footy players will be settled on Friday night as Barry Hall takes on Paul Gallen in Melbourne.

The man they call big, bad, bustling Barry is making his professional debut at the age of 42, but he's been touted as a potential star of the ring since his high school days when he was crowned a state champion.

Paul Gallen has juggled playing duties with the Cronulla Sharks and his professional boxing career over the last few years but after retiring from the NRL this year he can focus inside the ropes. 

There seems to be genuine animosity between the pair which will make for an enthralling contest on Friday night.

Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall FAQ

What is Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall?

Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall is a heavyweight boxing match.

Both former professional footballers in Australia, the fight is being dubbed the "cross-code war".

Where is Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall?

Paul Gallen and Barry Haill are fighting at Margaret Court Arena, which is located in Melbourne, Australia.

When is Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall?

Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall is scheduled for 10pm AEDT on Friday 13 November, 2019.


Paul Gallen History, Form and Fighting Style


Age: 38
Professional Record: 9-0 (6 KO/TKO)
Height: 1.80m
Weight: 103kg
Reach: 180cm
Stance: Orthodox 

Paul Gallen has an unblemished record at the professional level, winning nine fights in a row since his debut back in 2004 against Herman Ene-Purcell.

Since his TKO victory over Ene-Purcell, Gallen has gone on to record a further eight victories, six of which were by stoppage. The 38-year-old has an interesting set of scalps, with former NRL players, MMA fighters and professional boxers all tasting defeat.

Will Barry Hall be the next?

Barry Hall History, Form and Fighting Style


Age: 42
Professional Record: 0-0
Height: 194cm 
Weight: 104kg
Reach: N/A
Stance: Orthodox

Barry Hall makes his professional boxing debut on Friday night, so not much is known about the former AFL enforcer.

As an youngster Barry Hall was an amateur state champion and many have wondered how far he could go in the world of boxing if he made the jump. 

The 42-year-old will finally answer the question on Friday night.

The biggest query around Hall will be his in-ring work, with Gallen's imposing 9-0 record sure to weigh heavily on his mind. Will Gallen's experience within the ropes be too much for Barry?

Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall Betting Odds


The bookies have gone with the known commodity, with Gallen installed as the $1.65 favourite to win the fight at BetEasy

Hall is at $2.15 to win. 

Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall Live Stream


The Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall is available through Australian subscription service Foxtel, which provides the bout through their Main Event channel.

Those looking to watch this will unfortunately not be able to do so online in Australia due to the licensing agreements with Foxtel.

Paul Gallen vs Barry Hall Key Stats


  • Paul Gallen has a professional record of 9-0, six of which coming about by KO/TKO
  • Barry Hall is making his professional boxing debut
  • The fight will consist of six, two-minute rounds
  • Hall holds a significant height advantage over Gallen, standing 14cm taller 
                                 

Verdict

Paul Gallen should take the bragging rights in this code war.

Big Gal has a wealth of experience on his side, and while Barry Hall has a significant height and reach advantage, ring craft is something you cannot teach.

We're backing Gallen to maintain his perfect in-ring record on Friday night.

Best Bet: Paul Gallen @1.67 at Beteasy - 10 Units
Method Of Victory: Gallen By Stoppage @3.00 at Sportsbet - 5 Units

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