This was a footy fight night and the league stars weren’t limited to the ring. Damien Cook, Greg Inglis, Scott Prince, Cody Walker, Latrell Mitchell and Jim Dymock were among those in attendance for the Star of the Ring promotion at the Hordern Pavilion. They had barely found their seat before this one was over.
At least the weigh-in, farcical as it was, entertained. Hodges, at 104.7kg, opted not to pick on someone his own size in his debut. Baron tipped the scales at just 91.6kg.
Not content to just eye off his opponent on fight eve, Baron gave him a chest bump, then a kiss, then a hug. “I copped a bit of everything,” Hodges said afterwards.
He didn’t cop anything from him in the ring. Hodges couldn’t stay with Baron in the promotional stakes. Asked about the prospect of a fight with Paul Gallen if victorious first-up, the Queensland centre defaulted to the rugby league cliche book.
“I’m just taking it one fight at a time,” he said.
Tim Tszyu also made short work of his opponent. In the final fight before the Paul-Gallen-John Hopoate main event, he scored a TKO victory over former Commonwealth champion Denton Vassell.
The Englishman was meant to be his biggest test yet, but Tszyu was never troubled and keeps his undefeated record intact.