Hall loses cool at Gallen’s ‘bulls***’
PAUL Gallen and Barry Hall came face-to-face on Wednesday during the official press conference for Friday night's highly-anticipated Code War showdown at Margaret Court Arena.
Gallen was the antagonist, questioning Hall's power, the level of opposition he was facing in sparring and his intelligence.
"Friday night he won't be able to stop me," Gallen said. "He knows his punches won't hurt me … deep down he knows it."
Hall responded by listing the excuses Gallen was making - including his objection to the bout being fought at two-minute rounds instead of the traditional three - which drew a cheeky response from the retired NRL star.
"I've already said I've got no excuses," Gallen said. "I know you're not the smartest or the sharpest tool in the shed. Maybe you're deaf too."
Hall started to lose his patience at this point. "Shut up mate, I'm sick of hearing your voice," he said. "I'm sick of your bulls***."
Gallen get jabbing: "Getting fired up big fella? About time you did something. You've done nothing."
Hall on Tuesday night labelled Gallen "arrogant" - escalating tensions during a week where the two fighters have exchanged verbal barbs on a daily basis.
Hall said Gallen has been overly confident with how he has attacked Hall over the former Swans premiership captain's push for the fight to staged with six two-minute rounds.
Gallen has claimed Hall hasn't done his share of the promotional work in hyping the bout on Friday night at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, and has nicknamed him "Noodles" due to the fact that the agreed decision for the rounds to be restricted to just two minutes each.
"The date was set, I got off the couch at 42 years of age and away we go," Hall said.
"He's getting fired up about me not doing anything for the promotion. I know you need a bit of ego to make it to the highest level.
"But there is a difference between ego and arrogance and I think it might be the latter here. I think he is quite arrogant and some of the things he has said haven't been very respectful but he has done that in the past.
"We will see Friday night if he can walk the walk."
The pair will also come face-to-face for the final time before they step into the ring during Thursday's official weigh-ins at Crown Casino in Melbourne.
Gallen last week declared he could smell a set-up with the Hall enjoying the advantage of two-minute rounds, a home Melbourne crowd and the fight being held at a time when Gallen is coming off a pre-organised speaking tour of the UK.
The fight is being held in the AFL heartland - in a city where Gallen's former NRL club Cronulla are despised after beating Melbourne in the 2016 grand final as well as a rumoured personal feud with Storm skipper Cameron Smith.
It's been held at a time that didn't suit Gallen, who had to juggle training with a speaking tour to the UK which was supposed to double as an end-of-career trip away with mates.
Hall is also being trained by the promoter, Danny Green's long-time trainer Angelo Hyder.
"I definitely feel like this is a fight set up for Barry without a doubt," Gallen said.
"He's got everything he wanted - the rounds - he's basically shit-canned everyone I've fought yet he only wants to fight two minute rounds because he's 42.
"It's going to be pro-Barry crowd - it's clear to see it's heavily weighted in his favour so I've got to go down there and knock him out.
"I'm going to put to bed all of this chat that Barry could have, or should have or still can be a champion boxer."
Code War: Hall vs Gallen
Friday, November 15 from 6pm (AEST)
Margaret Court Arena, Melbourne
To order the fight through Foxtel's Main Event channel 521, visit mainevent.com.au