Maroons great Justin Hodges just didn’t look right on Monday before he took aim his next boxing opponent who didn’t turn up.

No Queensland fans, you don’t have to get your eyes checked — that was Maroons great Justin Hodges in a NSW Blues jersey.

Hodges is preparing for his fourth professional fight and first since he was knocked out by former NRL forward Darcy Lussick and wore the jersey under duress.

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Set to fight former Queensland teammate Ben Hannant on the undercard of the Liam Wilson-Matias Rueda card on Wednesday, Hodges lost a bet with Tim Tszyu’s manager Glenn Jennings.

Hodges said “a bet’s a bet”, forced into the jersey after Queensland’s 44-12 loss to the Blues in Perth on Sunday night.

He sat on stage at the press conference wearing what he calls the “dirty Blue jersey”.

However, the 24-match Origin veteran for Queensland wasn’t thrilled by the fresh look and got it off as soon as he could, which was just after Main Event host Ben Damon asked him his first question.

“I’ll just take this off if it’s alright Benny,” Hodges said. “Glenn, is that sweet?

“That’s a yuck colour, I’ll tell you, what a terrible jersey.”

But once the Blues jersey was off, Hodges took aim at Hannant, who was a no-show for the press conference.

“It’s extremely disappointing, especially after all the rubbish he’s been talking. I don’t know where he is. Hopefully George (No Limit Boxing’s Rose) you can find him, he’s probably down the M1 on the Gold Coast getting a sun tan the big fella, ” Hodges said.

“We’ve been training now for four weeks, hard, and to get here now and find out that he’s not here that’s extremely disappointing. If he doesn’t turn up I’m going to have to drive down there and flog him outside the ring.

“Hopefully he turns up tomorrow to the weigh-in. I’ll definitely be there. Otherwise George might have to call Gal up, Gal’s always ready, so we’ll see what happens.

“You want to take on the best and I’ve done that through my rugby league career and I’m not scared. I wouldn’t run away from a challenge. Once I get through Ben, if there’s an opportunity to fight Gal and it would obviously be my last fight and I could move on to my coaching career. Why not, if it’s there. It’s only another man that’s there. It only takes one heavy hit from a heavyweight.”

Hannant has still not surfaced after missing the press conference, not taking to social media as yet.

Rose took aim at Hannant as well after the former Queensland forward called for knockout bonuses last week.

“Ben Hannant hasn’t turned up today and it’s strange because he hammered me on live radio during the week. He wanted knockout bonuses and all these sorts of things and he doesn’t even turn up to the press conference,” Rose said.

“It’s a little bit of a concern for us. It puts us in a position where if he doesn’t turn up tomorrow, where he’s got to weigh in for the fight, then the fight can’t go ahead.

“It puts us in a tricky position but … come on Ben, you’ve been asking for knockout bonuses all these different sorts of things, how about you just turn up to the events you meant to turn up to and we’ll start with that. Let’s get this fight on.”

Hopefully Hannant turns up to Tuesday’s weigh-in.

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