Former Maroons stars Justin Hodges and Ben Hannant will face off within the ring in a bid to arrange a mega Origin fashion bout with Blues legend Paul Gallen.
Hodges and Hannant will face off within the ring on the Brisbane Conference and Exhibition Centre on Wednesday, June 29 — three days after Origin II.
Hannant revealed the combat was offered to him as a stepping stone to a shot within the ring with Gallen.
“There may be nowhere to cover come June 29,” Hannant stated.
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“Hodgo performed within the exterior backs, so he acquired to do the gorgeous stuff scoring tries and good runs.
“However let’s see what he does when persons are proper in entrance of him always placing strain on him.
“I’m going to place him to sleep.
“He’s a boxer. He needs to be a boxer. He hasn’t lied about it. He needs to tackle Paul Gallen.
“The winner of this combat supposedly goes to have an Origin duel between Hodgo and Gallen or myself and Gallen.
“That’s what acquired offered to me 4 weeks in the past so on the finish of the day he has acquired every thing to lose.
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“He has acquired nothing to achieve and every thing to lose.
“In two weeks time after I knock him out let’s see what I do with six 12 months beneath my belt if Paul Gallen needs to have a combat.”
Hannant revealed he has been coaching across the clock to get in the absolute best form after solely being given brief discover to take the combat with Hodges.
“The problem,” Hannant stated when requested why he accepted the combat.
“One factor I missed from retiring from footy was that problem of pushing your self to the restrict and attempting to be the very best model of your self.
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“The one factor I miss about rugby league is pushing your self daily to achieve your true potential and that is one other nice alternative.
“I feel it was good Hodgo solely giving me 4 weeks discover. I used to be 116kg solely consuming pizzas, operating round after my youngsters and doing my job.
“I used to be a fats mess to place it frivolously. Within the house of two weeks I’ve dropped eight kilos and whereas Hodgo is sleeping I’m up working. I will probably be within the gymnasium at 3:30 within the morning.
“I’ve performed with him for seven years. He’s a Ferrari. He’s an athlete. He’s highly effective. He’s skilful.
“He could also be a Ferrari however we’re in a sport the place we get banged up and I’m completely happy to be a 200 sequence Land Crusier.”
Hodges revealed he’ll probably retire both after the Hannant combat if he loses or the Gallen combat when he wins.
“He nearly put me to sleep,” Hodges stated of Hannant’s press convention.
“I used to be getting drained watching it.
“He ain’t going to place shit to sleep.
“For me it’s both going to be my second final combat or my final combat.
“I’ve skilled simply as laborious. Lots of people don’t realise that I do work laborious. I used to field away from the rugby league area. Lots of people don’t know that however I simply didn’t need to put it on the market.
“I’ve been working simply as laborious as him. I don’t should stand up at 3.30 to do this work.”