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If the constant war of words or clash during the weigh-ins was anything to go by, then it's safe to say there was plenty of bad blood heading into the boxing bout between Paul Gallen and Mark Hunt.
But after former rugby league player Gallen had his hand raised in a unanimous decision victory, it appeared that all was forgiven.
Mark Hunt trying to rattle a few feathers at weigh-ins today... :boom::joy:
:point_right: Order #GallenHunt now: https://t.co/HztJWewyvH pic.twitter.com/QljmAJ5m73
- MAIN EVENT (@MainEventTV) December 15, 2020
And in the wake of their 'Sydney Super Fight' on Wednesday evening, UFC great Hunt took to social media to remind his opponent that their heated rivalry was all water under the bridge.
A true sign of respect from one of MMA's most iconic figures.
"Congratulations @paulgallen13 well deserved win. U have my respect," Hunt said via Instagram.
"Part time fighter beat my ass but I had so much fun tonight getting back into the ring.
"And to all of u guys who supported us at home and far away, we are helping lift Australian boxing to the world, thank u all."
It was the first time 46-year-old Hunt had laced up boxing gloves at professional level in 20 odd years.
And while his legendary career as a mixed martial artist far outweighed Gallen's combat experience, Hunt made it crystal clear ahead of their bout that respect was earned - not given.
And, well, it appears Gallen did just that.
After a six-round war where we witnessed some absolutely brutal punches, it seems Gallen did finally earn the respect of the former K-1 World Grand Prix champion.
And while Hunt's classy message shows what kind of bloke he is, it also paints a pretty good picture of ex-NRL star turned boxer Gallen who now has his sights set on another combat sports athlete.
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