Liam Wilson vs Matias Rueda boxing live: Gallen vows to ‘beat’ Hodges; dancing strike falls flat

Wes Capper may have had the early strike of the night as he danced his way to the ring rocking a propeller hat, but his prowess in the ring couldn’t match the walk.

Capper took on 23-year-old Benjamin Hussain in his seventh professional fight, but it was the younger man who took the veteran to school.

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Hussain has had great success finding Capper’s face and body, breaking his nose open in the early rounds and dominating the mid-section of the fight.

However, Capper managed to find a second wind in the latter stages of the fight and landed strong shots at Hussain.

In the end, it was not enough, as Hussain won by unanimous decision.

GALLEN MAKES EPIC HODGES PROMISE

Paul Gallen has emphatically stated that he would “make the piss” of Justin Hodges if the latter won when a blockbuster battle between the footy legends looms.

Hodges takes on former Maroons teammate Ben Hannant in a heavyweight bout on the undercard of Liam Wilson (10-1, 7KO) in a super featherweight fight against Matias Rueda (37-1, 32KO) at the Brisbane Convention Centre.

The former Broncos legend was vocal leading up to how a win would give him a shot at Gallen before both of them hang up the gloves for good.

If that continues, Gallen would relish the chance to “legally” get their hands on a former Kangaroos teammate.

“It would be fun,” Gallen told foxsports.com.au.

“I’d terrify him, that’s for sure. I played a lot of test matches with him and he wasn’t a bad guy, but he was one of those guys you’d love to punch in the face.

“To be able to do that legally would be pretty cool.”

If Hodges emerges with his hand raised, that would certainly bring a strong State of Origin flavor to a future fight between the two.

So much so that the two made a bet based on this year’s edition of the heated state rivalry that would affect the location of their future fight.

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“I made a deal with Justin Hodges,” Gallen said.

“If Queensland wins the series I will fight him in Queensland so he has the advantage of his hometown. But if New South Wales wins the series we have to do it in NSW. He agreed.”

However, Gal holds out hopes of a one-in-a-billion result that would once again make him the most wanted man in the Sunshine State.

“It wouldn’t be a problem fighting either of those two,” Gallen said.

“We just have to see what happens. I’m still half hoping for a double knockout so I can fight both on the same night.

“It would be nice to bash two Queenslanders in one night.”

Despite wishful thinking, Gal eventually believes there is one man raising his hand.

And it’s not the gambling favorite.

“I’m going to choose Ben Hannant,” Gallen said.

“I think he’s too strong. I think it’s going to be a surprise.

“Ben Hannant is going to get him. I don’t know how, I just know he’s going to get it.”

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EXAMPLE, via Ronny Lerner

Australia gears up for another dose of big boxing on Wednesday night as local favorite Liam Wilson battles Argentina’s Matias Rueda for the vacant WBO international super featherweight title.

The fight between Wilson (10-1, 7 KO) and Rueda (37-1, 32 KO) is the main event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center and is the latest high-profile fight to be held on these shores, hot on the heels of George Kambosos v Devin Haney earlier this month in Melbourne.

Wilson is competing as a heavy favorite just months after beating Philippines Joe Noynay in their rematch to claim the WBO Asia Pacific Super Featherweight title.

But Rueda is riding a five-fight win streak into the game, having been undefeated since returning to the ring in 2019 after a three-year hiatus.

Boxing legend Jeff Fenech sees Wilson as Australia’s next best title hope and admired his bravery, especially after accepting the rematch against Noynay who failed to put on weight.

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“The confidence the kid had to go in the ring and do that was pretty special,” Fenech said.

“Here’s a man who’s been beaten by someone and you’re pitting him against someone who’s pretty much ruined your career, and you’re taking the biggest risk.

“He just believed in himself, he knew he made some mistakes in that first fight and corrected them. It was crazy, it was just an incredible win.”

George Rose, the CEO of No Limit Boxing, the promotion being put on the map, thinks both fighters have a lot to lose in this match, but the rewards of a win can be huge.

“If you make it to the top 10 in the world, it’s no mean feat. Regardless of age, whoever loses this fight will be dropped from the rankings,” Rose said.

“A loss for both has a huge impact on their careers and how it continues. But a win in this fight for Liam puts him in the top two and then puts him in a position where a world title challenge could take place over the next 12-18 months.

“I think he can fight for a world title. I absolutely think that.”

One of the highlights of the undercard is a heavyweight bout between former Brisbane Broncos and Queensland teammates Justin Hodges and Ben Hannant.

Hannant makes his professional boxing debut, while Hodges (3-1-0) already has four fights to his name. The match is scheduled for four three-minute rounds.

The Wilson-Rueda main event will likely kick off around 9:30pm/10pm.

FULL MAP

Liam Wilson vs. Matias Rueda – 10 rounds at super featherweight

Paulo Aokuso vs. Robert Berridge – 10 rounds at light-heavyweight

Justin Hodges vs. Ben Hannant – four rounds at heavyweight

Shannon O’Connell beats Sarah Higginson via TKO in round 1 – six rounds at bantamweight

Ben Hussain def Wes Capper via UD- eight rounds at catchweight

Ella Boot secure. Stephanie Mfongwot via UD – four rounds at catchweight

Jake Wyllie defeats Patrick Clarke via TKO in round 4 – five rounds at catchweight

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