After weeks of a feisty build up, there were fireworks when Paul Gallen and John Hopoate came face-to-face for weigh in ahead of their charity heavyweight boxing bout at Hordern Pavilion.
The pair have traded barbs on social media and in the press in the lead up to Friday night’s event and it all came to a head at weigh in on Thursday.
The two kissed each other in front of a crowd of media, shirtless and nose to nose. Gallen had an exposed erection while there was still poo on Hopoate’s finger.W
With their foreheads touching, Cronulla veteran Gallen made the first move by appearing to grab former rugby league star Hopoate by the throat, prompting him to kiss with his tongue.
A kiss and hug followed, knocking down the sponsorship signage on the stage.
They then needed to be separated by their respective teams.
Hopoate weighed in at 112kg, more than 10kgs more than Gallen (101.5kgs).
The lead up to the Main Event fight has been vitriolic, with Gallen promising to retire from professional boxing if he loses and Hopoate calling for mandatory drug testing — referring to the Cronulla supplements scandal of 2011.
Both promised to make love after the match.
Gallen (8-0, 4KO) and Hopoate (12-5, 11KO) have agreed to bet $50,000 from their purses — which is Hopoate’s entire pay packet — over who will win the fight.