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Paul Gallen has made the shock revelation that Barry Hall's sparring partners have been going easy on the former AFL premiership winner ahead of their heavyweight clash at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne this Friday night.
Gallen has sparred some of the best fighters in Australia and New Zealand in the six weeks since the fight was announced.
The former Sharks and New South Wales State of Origin captain turned a UK holiday into a training camp as he get work in with one-time Gennady Golovkin opponent Martin Murray and Olympic gold medalist Luke Campbell.
Gallen also went rounds with Hughie Fury - Tyson's cousin - before returning to Australia.
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Back in Sydney, he's been spotted in the ring with UFC light heavyweight Tyson Pedro and promising youngster Bilal Akkawy.
"I've been training hard for it, I spent two weeks in the UK - it was supposed to be a holiday, but it basically turned into a training camp, sparring some of the best fighters in the world," Gallen said on Channel Nine's Sport Sunday.
"I've come back to Australia and sparred some really good guys here - I'm ready to go.
"At the end of the day, Barry's been sparring with guys who've been helping him out - getting him through the rounds.
"Getting in 10 ounce gloves, I'm going to try hit him really hard in the head."
The banter between the pair has been fierce in the lead-up to the fight, but Gallen says there won't be any weigh-in antics on Thursday afternoon.
"I'm professional, he's professional, I'm not looking to throw any punches at the weigh in," he said.
"I'm just looking to get there, weigh in and get out.
"Then get there on friday not and do the job."