Jousin Hodges is calling on Boxing Australia to overturn his loss to NRL superstar Paul Gallen.
Failing that, Hodges wants Gallen back in the ring with him for a rematch after claiming he was robbed of victory in their first fight in Brisbane last month.
Gallen won the fight when the referee argued and decided to stop the fight in the third round as Hodges landed big punches.
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It’s an incident that happened in the second round that Hodges is angry about, and he is ready to launch an official appeal to the board of directors.
Hodges dominated the second round and wore Gallen down – the first opponent to do so in Gallen’s 17 fights – until the former Cronulla captain went back and pinned his opponent on the ropes.
Hodges was thrown back against the ropes, and while in a vulnerable position Gallen threw a big right hand and caught Hodges in the face.
Hodges was rocked by punches and didn’t recover properly, eventually getting stopped and losing.
“The more I think about it, and a lot of people have told me… at the end of the day it’s the wrong shot,” Hodges told Wide World of Sports.
“They said I should actually have about five minutes to recover, or if I can’t fight then he wins – but obviously I don’t want to win like that.
“That shot was probably the biggest shock for me, and the end of that round was when the referee stopped it. That was my biggest win.
“I felt like I got the wrong end of the stick. We’re just fighters … maybe the operator needs to take on more responsibility.
“I don’t know if he saw that I was beaten illegally, maybe he didn’t, but when I got up I knelt down because I was actually injured, and the judge told me to ‘get up’.”
“(The stop) was the most frustrating thing. I understand their job is to protect us, and he probably thought he was protecting me, but I definitely needed protection after a minute.
“If you look at the picture, my hands are on the ground, he is holding them, and I have no way to protect myself, he went up and planted one on my face.
“It doesn’t matter who you are, a person who comes down with that kind of force will shake you if you can’t move your head or raise your arms to protect yourself.”
Gallen was contacted by Wide World of Sports but chose not to comment on Hodges’ threat of legal action.
Gallen previously said that he is ready to compete more this year before he retires from playing sports. In the ring after their bout, both Gallen and Hodges agreed to a rematch.
“I’m going to let them sort this out. Hopefully we can play again because I think I deserve it,” Hodges said.
Hodges insisted that the appeal was not designed to simply drive Gallen into a fight.
“I always teach my kids to be a good player, they won’t move on. At the end of the day you win you win, if you lose you win,” he said.
“I don’t want to disrespect the sport by continuing to use that as an excuse. I feel like I didn’t get justice that night.
“If I lose, I can lose. But I was on all the scorecards. It was the end of the third round. We had one more round and I would have won.”
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