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Paul Gallen vs Kris Terzievski, Harry Garside, praise, future of boxing, Jake Paul, Logan Paul, preview, how to watch

Love him or loathe him, there’s one thing that’s undeniable about Paul Gallen: the Australian boxing scene is in a much healthier state because of him.

Those are the thoughts of Harry Garside, a rising star in his own right and one of the many up-and-coming stars fighting on the same card as Gallen at the Newcastle Entertainment Center on Wednesday.

Garside (2-0) is taking on unknown Tasmanian quantity Layton McFerran (5-1) in what will be just the third fight in the Olympian’s professional boxing career.

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The 24-year-old rocketed to fame by winning a bronze medal at the Tokyo Games last year before turning pro in December last year and headed a card barely a month ago in which he secured the Australian lightweight title against Maneur Matet.

The fight against McFerran will be the second time Garside has appeared on a card headed by Gallen, which have constantly come to garner plenty of attention from sporting fans across the board.

If anything, Garside believes that Gallen, as well as two famous YouTubers-turned-boxers, are doing better things for the sport than traditional boxers themselves.

“Australian boxing at the moment is in such a good place and it’s because of people like Paul Gallen,” Garside told reporters after Tuesday’s weigh-in.

“Everyone can trash that man, everyone can say what they want about him. Even people like Jake and Logan Paul, they are doing amazing things for the sport of boxing.

“They’re bringing new fans to the sport, new people watching the sport because of people like that.

“I’m grateful for Gal, he’s given us young boxers a platform. Of course, people like (George) Kambosos, Tim Tszyu, Justis Huni… there’s so many names that are giving us younger fighters a platform.”

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A constant in the build-up to all of Gallen’s fights is the vast amount of promotional work the 40-year-old does.

It’s no secret that the former Sharks star has not been too happy with the promotional output from his upcoming opponent, Kris Terzievski.

It culminated in Gallen declaring he wouldn’t “f***ing promote” Terzievski for another minute before storming out of the press conference at The Star in Monday.

But upon hearing Garside’s praise, Gallen seemed slightly taken aback and was immensely grateful, but he also rebutted a major sticking point for boxing fans who claim he’s “no good for the sport.”

“It (Garside’s praise) means a lot and I’m very appreciative,” Gallen said.

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“I’m disappointed that guys like Kris don’t help promote their own sport, because I constantly get ridiculed, particularly on social media.

“Not so much by boxing coaches, boxing coaches and boxing people understand what I’m doing, they understand the preparation I’m doing and they appreciate what I’m doing.

“But the general boxing fan still says I’m not good for the sport.

“Well, the fact is I am good for the sport. I bring eyeballs, I bring attention to the sport which can only be good for the sport. That’s why I was disappointed in Kris in not promoting the sport.

“But to hear it from Harry Garside, it means a hell of a lot.”

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As a rugby league player, Gallen had no shortage of footy fans booing his every move on the field.

It’s somewhat carried into his boxing career, with many packing out venues as well as tuning in just to see if he’ll get knocked out or not.

No matter the reaction from fans, Gallen believes there’s only one thing uniting those who cheer or boo him: “They want to be me.”

“That’s it,” Gallen said. “I don’t really care what they want to do, I’m doing things they can’t do. That’s as simple as it is.

“People cheer you and people boo you for it, that’s life.”

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