Tyson Fury heaps praise on rugby league star-turned-boxer

Undefeated heavyweight champion of the world Tyson Fury is no stranger to taking a jibe at his fellow fighters, none more so than fellow heavyweights Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder.

However, the Gypsy King has heaped praise on one of his fellow sportsmen in rugby league star turned boxer Paul Gallen of Australia.

The former NRL legend announced himself as an Australian rugby league great during his distinguished career, having spent 18 years at Cronulla Sharks where he captained the side to their first ever NRL title in 2016.

As well as a remarkable club career, Gallen also represented his nation on the highest stage and was part of the Australian side that clinched the 2013 Rugby League World Cup against New Zealand at the final at Old Trafford in Manchester.

Following his profession on the Rugby pitch, the 40-year-old then announced himself as one of his nation’s star heavyweight boxers with his first professional bout coming in a victory in 2014, just a year after his world cup triumph.

Gallen's boxing career has since gone from strength to strength, winning 12 fights on the bounce before losing for the first time against fellow Aus Justis Huni earlier this summer thanks to a tactical knockout.

Despite his maiden loss, this is in fact where he caught the eye of heavyweight superstar Fury, as the Englishman praised his Australian counterpart following his recent bout.

The Gypsy King said: “May I say, Paul Gallen's very gutsy, he’s got some balls on him. Credit to him.”

Fury’s praise for the boxing circuit down under did not stop there, as he was also quick to compliment Gallen’s last opponent Huni as well as the Englishman’s ‘good friend’ from New Zealand Joseph Parker.

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The Englishman added: “I managed to watch young Joe (Joseph Goodall) spar recently, and he looks good, he looks a very talented, young guy. You've also got Justis Huni, he looks pretty good as well.

"You've also got one of your neighbours, Joseph Parker, who is a really good friend of mine. Lucas Browne is also still in the mix.

"Australia has got a thriving heavyweight scene going on at the moment."

The coming week signals a big one for the Gypsy King, as he takes on arch rival Wilder for the third, and most likely final time this weekend at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

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