SLAMMIN’ SAM: Sam Thaiday (left) takes on rugby union player Ben Tameifuna.
SLAMMIN’ SAM: Sam Thaiday (left) takes on rugby union player Ben Tameifuna. GETTY IMAGES

Thaiday happy to leave ring after charity win

CRONULLA captain Paul Gallen says he has seriously considered taking up boxing professionally.

Broncos counterpart Sam Thaiday seems to have no such inclination.

While Gallen showed he could cop plenty of leather as well as giving it out in securing a majority points decision against All Black Liam Messam in Saturday night's Fight for Life charity program in Auckland, Thaiday could not wait for his three-rounder against 144kg Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna to finish.

"I'm very happy to win and very happy it's over," Thaiday said after the unanimous points decision.

"It was the hardest thing I've ever done ... very tough work."

Gallen, who took his record to 2-0 in the annual fundraiser, had his hands full with Messam.

"That was a lot tougher than the first one, that's for sure," Gallen said.

"He really came at me in that third round.

"I knew this was going to be tough and Liam proved that tonight.

Promoters of the Fight for Life initiative reportedly want to organise a similar event involving players from the Queensland and NSW State of Origin teams.


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