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Canberra Raiders prop Josh Papalii set to fight Nelson Asofa-Solomona on NRL fight night

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Ask Josh Papalii how he feels about stepping in a boxing ring with Nelson Asofa-Solomona Papalii in Townsville on February 12.

“He’s not the opponent you want to pick out of the hat. He's going to be a hard man to stop but get to wear headgear and all that so I think I'll be safe. Someone my size would have been alright, but Nelson is going to have to do," Papalii said.

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How do people feel about this? Papa is a big boy and can handle himself but isn't this an unnecessary risk of injury? I think the club should step in and tell him to hold off on the boxing exploits until his league career is over.
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Papa is officially 182 cms and 112 kgs. NAS is 115 kgs... but 200 cms. That’s a big height advantage. And presumably a big reach advantage.
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A quick kick to the twins and NAS is down..
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If NAS can even box a little this is a bad match up for Papa. NAS could just stay on the outside jabbing away with his reach advantage.

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gergreg wrote: December 15, 2020, 5:01 pm If NAS can even box a little this is a bad match up for Papa. NAS could just stay on the outside jabbing away with his reach advantage.

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Did you seeing him beating up locals in Bali ?

I’m not too happy about Papa fighting this beast.

A more appropriate opponent..like..softserve would be preferable..
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I wonder if Papa was saying bala... rather than Bali. Anyway, that’s what The Canberra Times said he said!
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Big Papa peak a boo goodnight. Big Nelson is making a mistake he probably won't remember.
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Looks like there are a few other Rugby League players having fights including former Raiders Sandor Earl and Todd Carney.

Does seem a bit rough that Justis Huni the Australian heavy weight champ is on the undercard and Papalli v NAS is main event.

Huni fought on Fox Sports the other night, in Brisbane I think, and I thought looked the goods, mind you the bloke he fought looked like he could handle himself down the pub but didn’t look to have much of a technique.

The bloke running these events including the Jeff Horn fights is Dean Lonergan. Apparently he played 4 games for us.

Before my time in Canberra, what are peoples memories of Lonergan as a footballer??
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Details of the bout for those Interested. https://www.boxingpackages.com.au/event ... ownsville/
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-PJ- wrote: December 15, 2020, 5:10 pm
gergreg wrote: December 15, 2020, 5:01 pm If NAS can even box a little this is a bad match up for Papa. NAS could just stay on the outside jabbing away with his reach advantage.

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Did you seeing him beating up locals in Bali ?

I’m not too happy about Papa fighting this beast.

A more appropriate opponent..like..softserve would be preferable..
Street brawls are an entirely different beast to an actual boxing match
If their skills are comparable, certainly with the height and reach, NAS will be a tough ask for Papalii

But i think Papalii is probably a better boxer than your average NFL footballer who thinks he can throw them. If NAS doesnt know what he's doing in a ring and Papalii does, this will not go well for NAS.
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We all know who papa’s cousin, Alex lion heart leapi
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He accidentally knocked him out a few years back while sparing him, if he can accidentally knock out a former champion I’m not to worried for papa
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Willie Mason vs 3rd man Sam
Neville Costigan vs Junior Paulo
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Who in their right mind would fight big Nelson?
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Dr Zaius wrote:Who in their right mind would fight big Nelson?
Is the answer BIGCHEESE?
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I would very much doubt Big Papa is going into this under prepared, he’s the best in his position in a very tough game for a reason.

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Sid wrote:
Dr Zaius wrote:Who in their right mind would fight big Nelson?
Is the answer BIGCHEESE?
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Not even Big Nelson would take on the Big Cheese
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Wow Neville Costigan? Craig Gower? Matt Bowen? I've never seen Matty come close to a melee. It's like asking Chicka Ferguson to fight.

And I assume Thaiday won't actually be boxing, he'll run in on someone else's fight 15 seconds after the bell rang.

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Wasn't it Gower who chased Mitchell Pearce around with a wooden spoon or something once?

Pretty sure I remember Bowen throwing a punch once. Him and JT threw a couple of wet lettuces at some opposition forward who was literally laughing

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EJ wrote:Wasn't it Gower who chased Mitchell Pearce around with a wooden spoon or something once? Image

Pretty sure I remember Bowen throwing a punch once. Him and JT threw a couple of wet lettuces at some opposition forward who was literally laughing

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Dr Zaius wrote: December 16, 2020, 4:41 am
Sid wrote:
Dr Zaius wrote:Who in their right mind would fight big Nelson?
Is the answer BIGCHEESE?
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can you imagine any other professional sports code that would allow it's star player to engage in a boxing event during the off-season?

a lot of contracts prohibit players from riding motorcycles, going rock climbing, sky diving etc. I just think it's very unprofessional of the club to allow him to do this.
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There sure is a risk even with head gear and most likely 12 oz gloves. Papa will have to channel Mike Tyson to reach NAS. Still, he has a punchers chance.
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dubby wrote:Wow Neville Costigan? Craig Gower? Matt Bowen? I've never seen Matty come close to a melee. It's like asking Chicka Ferguson to fight.

And I assume Thaiday won't actually be boxing, he'll run in on someone else's fight 15 seconds after the bell rang.

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If I was a boxing promoter I would have:

Carney V Irwin

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Belcher#1 wrote: December 16, 2020, 1:32 pm can you imagine any other professional sports code that would allow it's star player to engage in a boxing event during the off-season?

a lot of contracts prohibit players from riding motorcycles, going rock climbing, sky diving etc. I just think it's very unprofessional of the club to allow him to do this.
Realistically he's under much greater threat of injury playing a preseason trial than an exhibition boxing match. Plus side it's a great way to keep him in shape during the off season. We know Paps can stack on the kilos pretty easily.
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Also, people still asleep need to wake up to the player empowerment era
I dont know how seriously Papalii wants to take this boxing thing, but this is not the first time its come up
If Papalii wants to do off season boxing, and its important enough to him, he'll either be doing it as a Canberra Raider, or he'll find a new club that will allow him to do it.

I dont think we're trying to play chicken or piss off a club legend, still producing at an incredibly high level over throwing some hands with another footy player
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Northern Raider wrote: December 17, 2020, 11:47 am
Belcher#1 wrote: December 16, 2020, 1:32 pm can you imagine any other professional sports code that would allow it's star player to engage in a boxing event during the off-season?

a lot of contracts prohibit players from riding motorcycles, going rock climbing, sky diving etc. I just think it's very unprofessional of the club to allow him to do this.
Realistically he's under much greater threat of injury playing a preseason trial than an exhibition boxing match. Plus side it's a great way to keep him in shape during the off season. We know Paps can stack on the kilos pretty easily.
He says in the story that keeping fit is one motivation. An extra motivation to stay fit, as he’s not coming back until after Christmas.
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greeneyed wrote: December 17, 2020, 12:24 pm
Northern Raider wrote: December 17, 2020, 11:47 am
Belcher#1 wrote: December 16, 2020, 1:32 pm can you imagine any other professional sports code that would allow it's star player to engage in a boxing event during the off-season?

a lot of contracts prohibit players from riding motorcycles, going rock climbing, sky diving etc. I just think it's very unprofessional of the club to allow him to do this.
Realistically he's under much greater threat of injury playing a preseason trial than an exhibition boxing match. Plus side it's a great way to keep him in shape during the off season. We know Paps can stack on the kilos pretty easily.
He says in the story that keeping fit is one motivation. An extra motivation to stay fit, as he’s not coming back until after Christmas.
wonder what the club would say if Papa said he enjoys swimming in the open ocean or midnight jogs on the highway.
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Belcher#1 wrote: December 17, 2020, 3:11 pm
greeneyed wrote: December 17, 2020, 12:24 pm
Northern Raider wrote: December 17, 2020, 11:47 am
Belcher#1 wrote: December 16, 2020, 1:32 pm can you imagine any other professional sports code that would allow it's star player to engage in a boxing event during the off-season?

a lot of contracts prohibit players from riding motorcycles, going rock climbing, sky diving etc. I just think it's very unprofessional of the club to allow him to do this.
Realistically he's under much greater threat of injury playing a preseason trial than an exhibition boxing match. Plus side it's a great way to keep him in shape during the off season. We know Paps can stack on the kilos pretty easily.
He says in the story that keeping fit is one motivation. An extra motivation to stay fit, as he’s not coming back until after Christmas.
wonder what the club would say if Papa said he enjoys swimming in the open ocean or midnight jogs on the highway.
Yes I wonder to. Let's ask the club and see what they say.
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If Papa wants to do it... I’m not telling him he can’t! :lol:
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Northern Raider wrote:
Belcher#1 wrote: December 17, 2020, 3:11 pm
greeneyed wrote: December 17, 2020, 12:24 pm
Northern Raider wrote: December 17, 2020, 11:47 am
Belcher#1 wrote: December 16, 2020, 1:32 pm can you imagine any other professional sports code that would allow it's star player to engage in a boxing event during the off-season?

a lot of contracts prohibit players from riding motorcycles, going rock climbing, sky diving etc. I just think it's very unprofessional of the club to allow him to do this.
Realistically he's under much greater threat of injury playing a preseason trial than an exhibition boxing match. Plus side it's a great way to keep him in shape during the off season. We know Paps can stack on the kilos pretty easily.
He says in the story that keeping fit is one motivation. An extra motivation to stay fit, as he’s not coming back until after Christmas.
wonder what the club would say if Papa said he enjoys swimming in the open ocean or midnight jogs on the highway.
Yes I wonder to. Let's ask the club and see what they say.
Open water swimming and midnight jogs don't quite subsidise the salary like a boxing match.

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Belcher#1 wrote: December 17, 2020, 3:11 pm
greeneyed wrote: December 17, 2020, 12:24 pm
Northern Raider wrote: December 17, 2020, 11:47 am
Belcher#1 wrote: December 16, 2020, 1:32 pm can you imagine any other professional sports code that would allow it's star player to engage in a boxing event during the off-season?

a lot of contracts prohibit players from riding motorcycles, going rock climbing, sky diving etc. I just think it's very unprofessional of the club to allow him to do this.
Realistically he's under much greater threat of injury playing a preseason trial than an exhibition boxing match. Plus side it's a great way to keep him in shape during the off season. We know Paps can stack on the kilos pretty easily.
He says in the story that keeping fit is one motivation. An extra motivation to stay fit, as he’s not coming back until after Christmas.
wonder what the club would say if Papa said he enjoys swimming in the open ocean or midnight jogs on the highway.
If those activities are important enough that he might force his way out of the club, and take up a contract with a QLD club who would allow such activity, they'll provide him the trunks and give him a flash light.

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I'd say Paps was in more danger when sparring with Alex Leapai than he would be in this fight. As impressive a physical specimen NAS is he's not a world ranked heavyweight contender.
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Why would anyone want to watch Hodges or Carney box again. They were putrid.
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