Justin Hodges has called out Paul Gallen after his victory over on Wednesday night, saying he’ll put the NRL icon to sleep if they meet.

Justin Hodges has called out Paul Gallen for a future bout after beating Ben Hannant via unanimous decision.

Despite many predicting a knockout finish, the fight went the distance as Hannant showed tremendous heart to go until the end.

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It was an enthralling bout that had a surprisingly sluggish start.

A first round that threatened to explode was relatively tame, as ‘The Polar Bear’ looked to get busy early against the more experienced Hodges.

Hannant lumbered around the ring as he looked to set up his shots on Hodges, but simply couldn’t find his target.

But what the first round lacked, the second round more than made up for.

Early in the round, the referee separated the two and as Hannant moved back and had his hands down, Hodges exploded with a brutal shot that landed cleanly.

Main Event’s Jeff Fenech was puzzled as to why the referee stopped the fight.

“What was wrong with that,” Fenech asked.

It lit the fuse for the rest of the round, as the two took things up a notch.

Hannant used his bizarre side step multiple times in an attempt to open up a clean punch, but Hodges managed to evade time after time.

The two once again battled back and forth in the third, each landing crushing shots.

Hannant even had Hodges almost tipping over the ropes at one point.

The fourth saw Hannant and Hodges swing wildly as they tried to finish each other once and for all, but all they found was clean air.

Hodges did manage to land a brutal shot right at the end which had Hannant wobbled, but the latter was perhaps saved by the bell as the fight went all four rounds.

Speaking after the fight, Hodges was excited and played up to the crowd as he looked to set up a blockbuster against Gallen.

“If Queenslanders want to see me knock out the dirty cockroach,” Hodges said.

“I know Gal’s got heaps more experience than me but I’ll jump in and have a go, I don’t give a s***. I don’t know how long I’ll last but I know if I get him, he’ll be asleep.”

Originally published as ‘He’ll be asleep’: Hodges vows to KO ‘dirty cockroach’ Gal after winning heavyweight slugfest

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