Paul Gallen vs Kris Terzievski, Harry Garside, praise, future of boxing, Jake Paul, Logan Paul, preview, how to watch

Love him or hate him, there’s one thing that’s undeniable about Paul Gallen: the Australian boxing scene is in a much healthier state thanks to him.

These are the thoughts of Harry Garside, a rising star in his own right and one of many rising stars battling it out on the same card as Gallen at the Newcastle Entertainment Center on Wednesday.

Garside (2-0) faces Tasmania’s unknown quantity Layton McFerran (5-1) in what will be only the third fight of the Olympian’s professional boxing career.

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The 24-year-old rose to fame winning a bronze medal at the Tokyo Games last year before turning professional in December last year and headlining just a month ago in which he won the Australian lightweight title against Maneur Matet.

The McFerran fight will be the second time Garside has appeared on a card headlined by Gallen, who has consistently proven to get plenty of attention from sports fans at all levels.

On the contrary, Garside thinks Gallen, along with two famous YouTubers-turned-boxers, are doing better for the sport than traditional boxers themselves.

“Australian boxing right now is in such a good place and that’s thanks to people like Paul Gallen,” Garside told reporters after Tuesday’s weigh-in.

“Anyone can dump this man, anyone can say what they want about him. Even people like Jake and Logan Paul are doing amazing things for the sport of boxing.

“They bring new fans to the sport, new people who watch the sport because of people like that.

“I’m grateful to Gal, he gave us a platform for young boxers. Of course, people like (George) Kambosos, Tim Tszyu, Justis Huni… there are so many names that give us young fighters a platform.

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A constant in the build-up to all of Gallen’s fights is the sheer amount of promotional work the 40-year-old does.

It’s no secret that the former Sharks star wasn’t too happy with the promotional release of his next opponent, Kris Terzievski.

It culminated when Gallen said he wouldn’t “f*** promote” Terzievski for one more minute before storming out of the press conference at The Star on Monday.

But upon hearing Garside’s praise, Gallen seemed mildly surprised and was immensely grateful, but he also refuted a major sticking point for boxing fans who claim he’s “not good for the sport”.

“It (Garside’s praise) means a lot and I’m very grateful,” Gallen said.

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“I’m disappointed that guys like Kris aren’t helping to promote their own sport because I’m constantly ridiculed, especially on social media.

“Not until boxing coaches, boxing trainers and boxers understand what I do, they understand the preparation I do and they appreciate what I do.

“But the general boxing fan always says I’m not good for the sport.

“Well, the thing is, I’m good at the sport. I bring eyeballs, I bring attention to sport that can only do sport good. That’s why I was disappointed that Kris didn’t promote the sport.

“But to hear it from Harry Garside, it means a lot.”

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As a rugby league player, Gallen had no shortage of footy fans who booed his every move on the pitch.

It’s somewhat carried away in his boxing career, with many rooms packed and tuned just to see if he’ll be knocked out or not.

No matter how fans react, Gallen thinks there’s only one thing that unites those who cheer him on or boo him: “They want to be me.”

“That’s it,” Gallen said. “I don’t care what they want to do, I do things they can’t do. It’s as simple as it gets.

“People cheer you on and people boo you for that c’est la vie.”

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