Fighting SBW fine - but not Meehan: Gallen
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Paul Gallen has reiterated his desire for a football superfight with Sonny Bill Williams but there is one NRL player he won't step into the ring with.
Cronulla premiership winning skipper Gallen resumed training in his stop-start boxing career on Tuesday ahead of two scheduled bouts in December.
The opponents for both of those fight are yet to be confirmed although the first will be against a fellow rugby league forward on a card likely to include several NRL stars.
"I have had Junior Paulo tossed up Peni Terepo, Josh McGuire, I heard he pulled out that is a shame," Gallen said.
"As long as Willis Meehan isn't classed as an NRL player I will fight anyone in the game that they come up with me for."
Meehan is the son of former Australian heavyweight champion Kali.
The 21-year-old won the Australian super heavyweight title at 17. But his NRL career is on hold after he was sacked by Sydney Roosters due to off field issues amid claims from Willis himself that he worked as a standover man.
Dual international, Roosters premiership winner and two-time Rugby World Cup winner Williams is in Gallen's sights.
But Williams is currently out of action for another six months after injuring his Achilles playing Sevens Rugby at the Rio Olympics
"I have said openly I want to fight Sonny Bill, unfortunately we haven't heard the same thing back so I don't know if he wants to," Gallen said.
"I understand he is injured at the moment and there is not much we can do about that
"We were looking at February next year. It might happen later next year.
"I have said it before and I will say it again I want to fight him
"I wouldn't say he is running scared. I know he is injured but hopefully one day it will happen."
Gallen will fight at Star City on December 8 and then back up for another bout at Cronulla's home ground Southern Cross Group Stadium on December 23.
"I start training today and I am looking forward to it," Gallen said, three weeks after Cronulla's grand final win over Melbourne.
"I am used to playing footy in week-in-week-out so I should be right.
"Fingers crossed I don't get too hurt in the first fight so I am right for the second one."