Paul Gallen vs Kris Terzievski LIVE updates: Betting twist as punters come in hard for underdog; Tim Tszyu's advice for brother
Terzievski reveals brutal training sessions
Paul Gallen's opponent, Kris Terzievski, has revealed some of the work he's done to prepare for his bout with the former NRL hardman.
While some still see Gallen as a footballer rather than a boxer, he has won 12 of the 14 fights he's had, the only loss coming against superstar Aussie heavyweight Justis Huni, and the draw against Barry Hall.
A year ago Gallen stunned the sport when he brutally knocked out former champion Lucas Brown in less than two minutes.
In that fight, Gallen came forward instantly and threw a flurry a heavy punches at the taller Brown's head, with one solid right hook connecting behind the ear and ending the fight in sensational fashion.
Terzievski knows exactly how Gallen likes to fight, and that's why he has been giving his sparring partners instructions to "come forward and try to take my head off".
"That's literally been the instruction," Terzievski told foxsports.com.au.
"So, thanks to all of those guys who have tried to kill me in sparring. But I think it's put me in good stead.
"I'm prepared for what's to come."
Tim Tszyu's tip for 'overthinker' Nikita
Tim Tszyu says he's expecting a calm and collected performance from his younger brother Nikita, as the Tszyu name will once again be up in lights in Newcastle.
"It's interesting, you know? I can see the level ups and the way he's getting comfortable in there, and the way he's approaching the sport," Tim told Wide World of Sports.
"He's on a good path."
Nikita fought his professional debut back in March, with a second-round TKO over Aaron Stahl.
He's facing undefeated Mason Smith tonight in the co-main event, before Paul Gallen and Kris Terzievski fight for the Australian and Australasian titles.
"I'm hoping that he stays nice and relaxed, nice and calm, boxes at first and then finds the shot and knocks the guy out cold," Tim said of his brother - who adopted a zen-like approach to the fight, but promised yesterday to unleash 'chaos' when the time comes.
"He's like that. He's an overthinker, but he's learned to block it out and he's having a ball in there, he's enjoying himself," Tim said.
Tim will be ringside in Newcastle before flying out to watch the title unification bout between Jermell Charlo and Brian Castano, with the winner the next name on the Australian's radar, for all the titles.
But there'll be no cornerman work for the older of two brothers, as he recovers from recent corrective surgery on his hands. Even fans on the street have to settle for elbow bumps rather than handshakes when they say hello.
"I can't do too much, can't even be the water boy," he says with a laugh.
Gallen still favourite amid betting slide
Paul Gallen was installed as a heavy favourite by the bookies to win his fight against Kris Terzievksi in Newcastle tonight, but they'll be starting to get nervous as the money rushes in for the underdog.
The Victorian southpaw is eight years younger than the 40-year-old former Sharks captain and has a 14cm height advantage.
Gallen started as a $1.10 favourite, but the Victorian fighter has received a huge boost on the betting market in the last couple of days.
Terzievski was rated a $5.50 outsider by some bookmakers early in betting but has firmed to $2.70 with Palmerbet. Gallen is still favourite, but has drifted to $1.45.
"I try not to pay too much attention to bookies and gambling and whatnot, but I can guarantee a few of my friends are going to be excited," Terzievski told Sporting News.
"They're going to load right up.
"If I was you, I'd put a bit of money on that."
Live: Paul Gallen vs Kris Terzievski fight, Nikita Tszyu result
Paul Gallen headlines a stacked card, as the former NRL star fights Kris Terzievski for the Australian and Australasian heavyweight title in the main event.
Olympic hero Harry Garside is also in action, while Nikita Tszyu — the brother of Aussie superstar Tim Tszyu and son of boxing legend Kostya Tszyu — steps into the ring hoping to take another step in his burgeoning professional career.
The undercard kicks off at 7pm (AEST), with Gallen and Terzievski expected to touch gloves sometime after 9.30pm.
It will finally settle their squabble after a fight week that saw the pair trade barbs during the weigh-ins after Gallen’s earlier press conference walk out.
You can watch all the action on Main Event pay-per-view for $59.95, or live stream it for the same price on Kayo.
Late betting plunge tips fight on its head
Behind the scenes footage of Kris Terzievski throwing his hands has been enough to spark a late betting plunge on the defending champion.
In video leaked this week, Terzievski is seen throwing punches during some pad work with freakish speed.
The Daily Telegraph first reported the footage has been circling in some boxing circles before it was shared publicly this week.
The footage has seen Terzievski’s odds crunched dramatically with some corporate bookmakers.
Once considered a $6.50 outsider, Terzievski is now into $2.55 with TAB.
Terzievski’s speed further shows the challenge Gallen has of executing his basic strategy of getting in his opponent’s face and range.
Huni tips Gallen to triumph
Star heavyweight Justis Huni — the only fighter to defeat Paul Gallen — is picking the former NRL star to emerge victorious on Wednesday night.
If he wins, Gallen will become the first cross-code athlete to win a heavyweight boxing title.
“I don’t know much about his opponent Kris but I know a lot about Gallen, obviously sharing the ring with him,” Huni told news.com.au.
“He’s one tough cookie and he’s not going to go down without a fight.
“If I knew more about Kris I could give more of an opinion on who’s going to win, but I can only really judge off Gallen, because I know Gallen and how tough he is and how much pressure he applies when he’s in there. So I’m going to have to back Gal in.
“Nothing against Kris but I’ve been in there myself, I’ve gone almost a full 10 rounds with him. He’s just tough. He keeps coming and continues to apply that pressure. It will be a good test for Kris. Hopefully the best man wins and they both come out of it well and healthy.”
One fighter nearing the end of his professional boxing journey in Paul Gallen, as well as two at the start in Harry Garside and Nikita Tszyu, are set to return to the ring in May.
NRL premiership-winning captain Gallen is coming off a stoppage victory over Darcy Lussick, hoping to record another win with a view to a long-awaited meeting with Sonny Bill Williams.
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How to watch Gallen vs. Terzievski?
The Newcastle fight night will be a pay-per-view event, broadcast live on Foxtel's Main Event.
Fans can order the bout now for $59.95.
Gallen vs. Terzievski live stream
Fans without Foxtel will be also be able to purchase the event through streaming service Kayo.
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Where is Gallen vs. Terzievski?
No Limit will be returning to Newcastle for their next PPV, with Newcastle Entertainment Centre set to play host to the event.
The venue, which has a capacity of around 5,000, recently hosted Tim Tszyu's wins over Dennis Hogan and Stevie Spark, while his legendary father Kostya Tszyu regularly fought at the arena early in his illustrious career.
Full fight card
Card subject to change.
Paul Gallen vs. Kris Terzievski (10 rounds at heavyweight)
Harry Garside vs. Layton McFerran (10 rounds at lightweight)
Nikita Tszyu vs. Mason Smith (six rounds at super-welterweight)
Sam Goodman vs. Fumiya Fuse (10 rounds at super-bantamweight)
Hass Hamdan vs. Trent Girdham (six rounds at welterweight)
Amber Wright vs. Sara Jalonen (five rounds at featherweight)
Hironiri Mishiro vs. Francis Chua (eight rounds at lightweight)
Linn Sandstrom vs. Floryvic Montero (eight rounds at super-flyweight)