Boxing news 2024: Curtis Scott v Barry Hall fight, Anthony Mundine on former NRL player’s prospects

“He’ll never be ‘The Man’.”

That’s Anthony Mundine’s blunt assessment of a “green” Curtis Scott after the former NRL player’s demolition of Barry Hall in Wollongong on Wednesday night.

Scott disposed of Hall quicker than Sonny Bill Williams did and showed he has plenty of power in his right hand. His record stands at 3-0, exhibiting the type of force that could lure casual fans across from the NRL landscape to have a peek.

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The Scott hype train is in overdrive as influential promoters No Limit look for their next Paul Gallen.

But Mundine believes someone needs to pump the brakes.

“They can’t hype him up after beating Barry Hall and BJ Leilua. Let him beat Justis Huni or someone like that,” Mundine told Wide World of Sports.

Scott drops Hall in the first round. Main Event

“We need to put things in perspective. But he looks hungry, he’s strong and has power behind him but there’s levels to this, and he won’t know who he is as a boxer until he goes into deep water.

“He definitely has power there’s no doubting that but people are hyping him up talking about being champion, I mean come on. I need to see more of him against better calibre fighters.

“He’s stepping into his punches too much and losing balance – he has a lot to learn. He’s still green.

“But I see the hunger in him and the will. But when he fights someone that can fight and that punches back, then we’ll find out.”

During the official press conference on fight week, Scott said Paul Gallen “wrote the book” when it comes to crossover boxing success and “made a motza from the sport”.

Paul Gallen is officially retired. Getty

“I’m speaking the truth and trying to entertain because that’s what this sport is, it’s all about putting bums on seats – entertaining,” he said.

Nobody can doubt Gallen’s success in the ring after hanging up the boots, fighting for the Australian heavyweight championship in 2021, and making millions doing it.

Yet, there’s a strong case that Mundine masterminded the blueprint on crossing over from NRL to boxing, amassing a reported $30 million in the process.

The former Dragons five-eighth said he understands what’s involved in the promotion of fighters, but Scott “ain’t the next cash cow.”

“I understand what they’re doin’. It’s all about making that money for them and they need another cash cow.

“But Curtis ain’t the cash cow. He was a decent football player, but not a great one.

“He looks like he’s got a bit of talent in boxing but he’s beaten nobody bro. He’s beaten football players.

Anthony Mundine fought Sven Ottke (R) for the IBF Super-Middleweight title in his 11th professional bout in 2001. Getty

“I was fighting dudes who were world rated in my third or fourth fight. I wish him the best but ain’t no one going to replicate what ‘The Man’ did, you know?

“There is no one better than me as a crossover athlete. I’m the best cross-over athlete in the world, in the history of sport.

“Especially going from rugby league to boxing. No Paul Gallen, nobody. He had a bit of a crack but brother, I’m No.1 and there’s daylight second. Nobody comes close.

“Nobody has done what I’ve done. I’ve got the runs on the board. Technically I’m a four-time champion and I was a part-time boxer. I was the best rugby league player in the world when I left.”

Curtis Scott lands a punch on Dylan Walker in 2018. FOX Sports

In the aftermath of Scott’s win, naturally the former Storm and Raiders centre – who had his registration revoked by the NRL due to domestic violence convictions last year – said Sonny Bill Williams is the logical next step for him.

Williams was stopped in his last outing against UFC legend Mark Hunt, which was the first loss of his career.

There were reports he was in discussions with Lucas Browne to return to the ring later this year, but Brown retired after being knocked out by Hemi Ahio.

Mundine said he’s unsure about Williams’ ambitions in the ring. Although, he was sure about one thing – if the two do meet in the ring, Williams would be victorious.

SBW vs Mark Hunt pre-fight press conference.

Sonny-Bill Williams speaking during the Mark Hunt pre-fight press conference. Katherine Griffiths

“I’m not sure about SB but definitely SB will cause him problems. SB has the experience. Fundamentally he’s pretty sound,” Mundine said.

“SB has about 10-12 fights and is not a seasoned vet but he should beat Scott.

“No one can answer (whether he wants to fight) other than SB. I’m not sure if he still wants to fight, he’s happy staying retired and living life.

“That’s something SB has to answer I’m not sure where he’s at in that sense.”