FORMER NRL bad boy
turned Finks and Mongols bikie, Anthony Watts, who was released
from jail 12 weeks ago, wants to step into the boxing ring with
Cronulla and NSW Origin captain Paul Gallen.
Watts, 27, spent three months at Queensland’s
notorious Woodford Correctional Centre last year over his role in a Gold
Coast bikie brawl in which an innocent bystander was punched in the
Anthony Watts is trying to turn things
around. Picture: David ClarkSource: News Corp
Watts has turned to Gold Coast
boxing promoter Jamie Myer in an attempt to distance himself from motor
cycle gangs and crime.
“I’m just trying to stay out of jail. I got out 12
weeks ago and I owe it to my family not to go back,” Watts said.
“I’m not going to say that I’ve completely cut ties
with the bikies, but it’s fair to say I’ve distanced myself.
“I’ve had to. The way Campbell Newman cracked down on
the bikies in Queensland, it’s cleaned everything right up.
“I’m also trying to clean my own act up,” Watts said.
“I know I’m known as a thug and a bad boy but every
day I’m trying to set up a new image.
Anthony Watts is eyeing a fight with Paul
Gallen. Picture: David ClarkSource: News Corp
“I’m usually quite a physical
person so it’s been good stepping into the ring and boxing.
“Gallen is someone who doesn’t intimidate me.
“You never know what could happen. I won’t be backing
down. He’ll have to hit me with a baseball bat to knock me out.
“Football fans and boxing fans will definitely get two
blokes with a lot of mongrel going at each other.”
As part of his bail conditions Watts has to be
breath-tested and drug-tested daily and will need police clearance to
travel interstate should Gallen accept his challenge.
The Cronulla Sharks captain will announce his return
from an ASADA performance-enhancing substances suspension at PJ
Gallagher’s Irish pub in Moore Park tomorrow, when Grange Old School
Boxing will reveal a December 3 fight night headlined by two-time world
champion Daniel Geale.
Paul Gallen in
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For Watts to be confirmed as
Gallen’s next opponent, the former NRL player must first win his
professional boxing debut at Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast on
“Unfortunately, until this point in my life I’ve
wasted what talent I’ve had,” Watts said.
“I’d love to get my opportunity to play football
again, I know I stuffed it up.
“If I had my time over I wouldn’t touch a drop of
alcohol. I reached out to Jamie because I want to try to get my life
back on track.”
The low point of Watts’s NRL career was earlier this
year when he was banned for eight matches for allegedly biting an
Watts claims it was a “squirrel grip, but I did not