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Justin Hodges vs Jordan Simi preview, Hodges vs Gallen, Nikita Tszyu vs Ben Horn, fight card

One week on from Queensland’s stunning victory in the State of Origin series decider, a New South Wales supporter will look to end the sporting career of Maroons great Justin Hodges.

Social media influencer Jordan Simi will make his professional boxing debut at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on Wednesday, where he’s set to fight the former Broncos captain.

There wasn’t a hint of nerves from the debutant at the official press conference on Monday, when he arrived in Moore Park with his earphones in and sunglasses on.

The Battle Of The Brothers: Watch as unbeaten Nikita Tszyu faces Ben Horn live on Wednesday 20 July from 7pm AEST on Kayo Sports. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >

With no amateur or professional fights to his name, Simi will have the chance to end the sporting career of one of Queensland rugby league’s favorite sons this week.

As a New South Wales fan, Simi will be looking to win back some bragging rights for the state after last weeks’ Origin decider.

Jordan Simi at the pre-fight press conference.Source: FOX SPORTS

“I go for New South Wales so it’d be nice to put Justin Hodges away for good,” Simi told Fox Sports.

“When I have to (win) for the Origin loss. Have to.

“This is just the cherry on top of everything that’s actually been hard in my life. It’s pushed me to come to this very moment in time.

“I took the fight on short notice, two weeks. He wanted to jump in, I’ve been asking to jump in for a while so this was the perfect opportunity.

“When else are you going to be able to fight an NRL legend?”

Hodges (4-1, 2 KOs) has both experience and the favorite tag to his name going into the bout, having fought as recently as last month against another Queensland great in Ben Hannant.

Justin Hodges celebrates victory in his bout with Ben Hannant. Picture: Albert Perez/Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

The two-time premiership winner is on the cusp of an NRL mega fight against former Blues captain Paul Gallen, with Simi seemingly the last man standing in his way.

After fighting Hannant in Brisbane, Hodges approached No Limit Boxing’s Matt and George Rose who told him that he needed one more fight to take on Gallen.

“That’s what every Queenslander, (everyone from) New South Wales want to see,” Hodges said after the press conference on Monday.

“Especially with Queensland winning the series, every New South Welshman wants to see him knock me out now to get a little bit of revenge on Queensland.

“I’ve gotta do something on Wednesday night to put my name up there, then (it’s) up to me and him.

“We both agreed that we will fight so it’s up to these guys to make it happen now.”

After making his NRL debut for the Brisbane Broncos 22-years-old ago, Hodges admitted that a loss to Simi would end his sporting career.

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At 40 years old, Hodges wants this year to be his last in professional boxing regardless, as he looks to end his career with a blockbuster against Gallen.

“I’m not embarrassed or not hiding away from the fact that if I lose then that’s definitely be done,” he said.

“I am on the wrong side of 40 and I’ve done everything that I needed to do in boxing. I wanted to jump through those ropes and have a crack and not like everyone else who sits on the outside and judges us.

“At least I can be man enough to say I jumped in the ring and I had to go. That’s all I could ever ask of myself.

“I’m not thinking like that, I’m thinking very confidently that I’ll get the W. Then hopefully move onto to Gal and that’d definitely be my last.”

Simi said that Hodges had been “robbing Australians of their hard-earned money” during the press conference.

Taking plenty of pre-fight jabs at the former Queensland and Australian centre, Hodges made sure to fire back with some warning shots of his own.

“I’m just gonna take my time and if he thinks I’m old and slow, it’s gonna look pretty bad for him when a 40-year-old knocks him out.

“I’m just gonna jump in, that’s all I know. I don’t give as*** what he does. The last two guys have said that they’re gonna take me to deep water and they’re the ones that went to deep water themselves.

“He’ll have to knock me out to win. There’s no doubt about that.”

TSZYU V HORN FULL FIGHT CARD (Don’t miss it on Fox Sports and Kayo):

Nikita Tszyu vs. Ben Horn — 6 rounds (super welterweight)

Sam Goodman vs. Juan Elorde — 10 rounds (WBO Oriental & IBF Inter-Continental super bantamweight titles)

Ty Telford vs. Ricky Colosimo — 8 rounds (ANBF Australasian welterweight title)

Justin Hodges vs. Jordan Simi — 4 rounds (heavyweight)

Shanell Dargan vs. Jaala Tomat — 4 rounds (super featherweight)

Darragh Foley vs. Hunter Ioane — 6 rounds (welterweight)

Ashleigh Sims vs. Jessica Adams — 5 rounds (super featherweight)

Jackson Murray vs. Parminder Singh — 4 rounds (heavyweight)

Michael Hall vs. Joel Taylor — 8 rounds (super welterweight)

Kate McLaren vs. Connie Chan — 4 rounds (welterweight)

Angel Rushton vs. Ange Harries — 4 rounds (super featherweight)

The Battle Of The Brothers: Watch as unbeaten Nikita Tszyu faces Ben Horn live on Wednesday 20 July from 7pm AEST on Kayo Sports. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >

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