Gallen v Hall: Your Boxing Preview

It’s Gallen v Hall. Headlined the ‘The Code War’, former AFL player Barry Hall takes on undefeated boxing heavyweight and NRL legend Paul Gallen in a bout that is sure to draw plenty of interest.

The two former sporting greats are meeting in the ring on Friday 15th October. Whilst the betting did even up for a short period, the general consensus is Gallen’s professional heavyweight experience should be enough to get the job done against the older, untested Hall.

How They Measure Up

Paul Gallen Barry Hall
Age:  38 Age:  42
Nickname:  Gal Nickname:  Big Bad Barry
Birthplace:  Sydney, New South Wales Birthplace: Broadford, Victoria
Record:  9-0-0 Record:  0-0-0
Height:  180cm Height:  195cm
Reach: TBA Reach:  TBA
Weight: 101.6kg Weight:  102kg


Barry Hall

We don’t have a lot to go off with ‘Bazz’. According to Wikipedia, at the age of 12 he moved to Melbourne to pursue a boxing career. Training in a makeshift boxing gym in his father’s garage, he won a state title in his early teenage years and had fought in 15 fights by the age of 15. (52kg division)

Cleverly, Hall has stipulated that the fight be contested over six two-minute rounds rather than three-minute rounds which will suit the AFL great, making the “Code War’’ more explosive and high speed.

Hall showed why his supporters believe he can defy the odds and repel Gallen’s style in various sparring videos, possessing a nice left jab while showing he could fire off a few shots.

Paul Gallen

Although Gallen’s 9-0 record isn’t anything to get excited about, not many records are when having your first professional bouts. It is what it is – he hasn’t lost in a sport he’s been doing part-time. There have been some easy fights for sure, but as far as an early professional career goes Gallen has challenged himself enough.

No one can question his heart or toughness, plus he’s younger, fitter and experienced fighting taller opponents.



I would have been extremely confident in Gallen if the fight was six three-minute rounds, but the two-minute rounds will change the fight and Gallen’s tactics massively. Originally the plan for Gallen would have been to work through the first three rounds, conserving energy the way a professional boxer is taught. This experience coupled with the fact he only retired this year and was an 80-minute forward up until recently would have played into his hands nicely.

But with the time constraints I’d say he will move into Hall straight away to make the fight. With the 10-ounce gloves and the two trading blows, someone could get clipped and there’s a good chance someone will end up on the canvas. If It does go longer I can only see Gallen winning so you could have a play on the late rounds.

Although Hall does look to have a nice left jab, I can’t see him landing enough to win on points.

Gal is no star, but he has experience and season fitness on his side. Once he smells blood, he can rattle off a few clean punches in succession. This should be enough to win.


  BACK – Paul Gallen at 1.65 or up 2 Units

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