Paul Gallen offered $50k for boxing rematch

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NSW rugby league captain Paul Gallen has Been offered $50,000 for a four-round rematch with his first professional boxing opponent, Herman Ene-Purcell.

The NSW skipper says his main ambition in boxing is to learn new things and have a fight with Sonny Bill.
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Cronulla Sharks forward Gallen last week extended his professional record to 4-0 with a unanimous four-round points win over fellow NRL player Bodene Thompson in Auckland.

The 34-year-old heavyweight launched his pro boxing career in February 2014, when he stopped Ene-Purcell in the second round in Sydney, after being knocked down in the first.

Queensland promoter Brendan Smith last Friday initially offered Gallen $30,000 to fight Ene-Purcell in Toowoomba on January 29.

When the offer was declined, Smith upped it to $40,000 on Saturday, but again got knocked back.

On Monday he increased the offer to $50,000 plus a third of TV revenue generated by the fight and expected an answer within 48 hours.

"The first bout between Herman and Paul had a bit of everything, from knockdowns to punches after the bell," Smith said.

"Herman has wanted this rematch from the day after the first bout.

"He knocked Paul Gallen down in the opening round but Paul came back and won the bout.

"If we get the rematch we firmly believe Herman can square the ledger."

Toowoomba-based Samoan Ene-Purcell 20, has won six of his eight fights since losing to Gallen to improve his record to 7-4.

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