15/04/2024

Paul Gallen stands over Lucas Browne following a knockdown in the 1st round - Photo: @MainEventTV on Twitter

Paul Gallen knocked out former heavyweight champion Lucas Browne in the first round to secure the biggest win of his career.

Paul Gallen has secured the biggest win of his boxing career after defeating heavy hitter Lucas Browne by TKO in the first round at the WIN Entertainment Centre in Wollongong on Wednesday night.

Gallen needed under two minutes to dispose of the former WBA Heavyweight Champion, looking to start fast by applying heavy pressure.

Gallen never gave Browne the chance to land anything significant, getting the fight to the ropes where he landed a flurry of punches finished with a left to the temple, knocking Browne down within the first 60 seconds.

Browne was never able to recover from the first knockdown, with Gallen continuing the pressure, ultimatley landing a barrage of punches dropping Browne for the second time.

Browne could not answer the count stumbling as he attempted to return to his feet forcing the referee to stop the fight at the 1:06 mark of the first round.

“I knew it was gonna go like that,” said Gallen post-fight.

“I kept saying to myself I am going to knock him out – I had confidence in my chin against a guy like this.”

Gallen admitted that just focusing on boxing for the past 10 months rather than juggling both his rugby league and boxing careers paid dividends.

“It’s amazing what you can do when you actually set your mind to something and actually train for it,” he said.

“I knew in myself that I could win but to actually come out and prove it to yourself and do it to a guy like that, I’m very happy”

The underdog Gallen flipped the script with the expectation going into the fight that Browne would be more dangerous with his heavyweight punch in the first few rounds, while Gallen would need to survive early and come on strong in the final rounds to secure the victory.

Gallen now remains undefeated with 11 wins and one draw to his name with the 39-year-old game for whatever secures him the biggest payday next.

“I’m a prizefighter, I’m not here to win titles, I’m here for fights the public want to see and are interested in and at the end of the day earn a good dollar,” Gallen continued.

This week talks emerged if Gallen was successful in this bout a potential match-up with Australian heavyweight champion Justis Huni could be on the cards for later this year.

“I’m not against anything but it comes down to one thing, the bottom line.”

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