How Gallen and Hall’s ‘Code War’ exposed boxing’s ugly truth
By Sacha Mirzabegian NineSportNews
22 minutes ago
The much hyped ‘Code War’ bout between Gallen and Hall didn’t provide a definitive result to paying fans and keen observers but the heavily publicised clash between the two former footy stars did conclusively prove one thing – the sport of boxing in Australia has hit the skids.
The Moloney brothers proved they’re top class fighters in their respective weight divisions with victories at Margaret Court Arena on Friday night, and the viewing public were more than supportive. Andrew Moloney headlined the night and backed it up with an interim title win, yet the event was heavily promoted on the premise of two former footy players duking it out for bragging rights after six weeks of trading barbs through the media.
Both men did their best to pretend to hate each other in the lead up. Gallen and Hall fought out a majority draw and reportedly walked away with $2 million each for six rounds of boxing at two minutes each way. Promoter and Australian boxing great Danny Green said in the lead-up to the fight that it was on target to become the most-watched fight of the year on TV - surpassing Jeff Horn’s 96-second duel with Anthony Mundine in 2018.
Pay-per-view numbers aren’t publicly available and Green wouldn’t reveal the actual number of buys the fight had recorded before the two touched gloves. Green has been at the forefront of the biggest fights in Australian boxing history, his rivalry with NRL star turned boxer Anthony Mundine scoring huge numbers.Mundine walked away netting $30 million from boxing on the way to becoming the biggest pay-per-view star in the history of Australian sports.
Gallen and Hall’s fight yet again shone a light on boxing’s demise down the pecking order within Australia’s sporting landscape and the wider sporting market. Both fighters vehemently denied their role in belittling the sport in the pre-bout press conference, with Hall saying he was “embarrassed” that his fight was getting more press than Moloney’s world title fight.