Paul Gallen says Christian Tsoye has given him the blueprint to beating Justis Huni in three weeks’ time, despite Tsoye’s convincing loss to the boxing phenom.
The Cameroonian native withstood some hefty blows from the 22-year-old as Huni was awarded a comfortable 99-91 98-92 unanimous decision win at Sydney’s ICC.
However, Tsoye ended Huni’s perfect knock-out record, encouraging Gallen about his own fight with the Tokyo Olympic hopeful on June 16 at the same venue.
“I saw things tonight that Christian Tsoye did that got to him,” Gallen told Fox Sports.
“I can back it up continually for 10 rounds, Christian couldn’t tonight. It’s going to be interesting to see whether he can handle it or not.
“I don’t think he’s going to handle the pressure or the pace I’m going to be going at. I go at a hell of a faster pace than what that fight was tonight.”
Throughout the bout, Gallen could be heard on commentary encouraging Tsoye to get “dirty” when he had Huni on the ropes on multiple occasions, lamenting the fact that Tsoye let Huni escape.
Gallen suggested that a lack of fitness let Tsoye down, and backed his ability to maintain his energy throughout the entire 10 rounds against Huni.
“He’s a good boxer, I know that,” he said.
“This is a fight, I’m going to fight him, I’m going to go forward on him and I’m going to be fitter than Christian.
” I don’t think he’s going to handle my fitness, to be honest, for 10 rounds I’m going to be coming at him. I’m going to continually push him backwards.
“He’s got great counter-punching ability, he’s got great speed, I know that, but I’m going to have more head movement than Christian had tonight and more body movement as well.
“Christian was a sitting target at times tonight, which is perfect for a guy like that at his range, I’m not going to be that, come June 16.
“I’m going to have three weeks and I’ll still be fit enough, I’ll still get it done on three weeks.”
Huni was as humble as ever despite extending his professional record to 4-0 with the win over Tsoye and issued a simple message to the ex-Cronulla Sharks captain.
“All I’m going to say is I’m already hearing excuses,” he said. “Let’s get it on, it’s showtime now.”