‘Have to pay’: Swan’s threat to Pies defector

Eight AFL greats will compete in the squared circle for the first time ahead of the league’s Gather Round in Adelaide.

Mitch Robinson and Kane Pettifer, Kane Cornes and Nathan Brown, Dane Swan and Dale Thomas, and Anthony Rocca and Corey McKernan are all in the boxing ring for the first time.

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The fights will undoubtedly attract some attention, but it is a legitimate card that sees Jackson England fight Jamal Herring for the WBO super featherweight world title.

The evening will also feature the likes of Jack Brubaker, Joel Camilleri and the debut of Alex Leapai Jr., son of former heavyweight contender Alex Leapai.

The card begins at 7:00pm AEDT (6:30pm Adelaide time). Fight night is on Stan exclusive pay-per-view ($50) and requires an active Stan subscription to purchase the event.

Note: All times in AEDT

7:20 p.m. – The judge’s card causes a stir

Sergei Vorobev and Wes Capper fought out a brilliant eight-round draw to start the evening.

Both fighters landed some bombs and the commentators definitely thought it would be close.

One of the commentators said the cards could be all over the place, and two had the score at 76-76, the third had the score at 79-73.

Although it was an eye-opening result, it was ultimately a majority draw.

6pm – ‘Must pay’: Swan’s threat to Pies defector

The pair may be friends and 2010 Premier League teammates, but 2011 Brownlow Medalist Dane Swan has vowed to make Dale Thomas “pay for his sins” after he ended his career at Carlton.

It’s just one of four fights between former AFL stars on Stan Sports’ The Gathering fight night on Wednesday.

Thomas’ departure from Collingwood was seen as a betrayal by Pies fans at the time, as he left the club after winning a Premier League victory as a free agent.

Thomas played 101 games for the Blues between 2014 and 2019, for a total of 258 games.

Swan, who also happened to play 258 games between 2002 and 2016, albeit all for the Pies, said his ex-teammate, affectionately known as “Daisy”, should not have left the team.

“I’m not a hateful person, I’m not an angry person, but he has to pay for his sins for going to Carlton,” Swan said Big world of sports.

“We’re friends and we’ll have a few beers after the fight, but as soon as the bell rings I’m looking forward to punching him in the head.”

All four AFL matches last two minutes each, which suits Swan.

He admitted that he “can’t walk that well, but I can jump around for eight minutes.”

Swan also revealed he lost 5kg while traveling to Vegas for his 40th birthday, which put a pause on his training.

But he added that he has been boxing for a long time, saying he hates running, hasn’t lifted weights since he left the AFL and “swimming bores me”.

“I can comfortably do four rounds, it just depends on how many times I get hit. But I’m ready to go,” Swan said The Daily Mail.

“I lost five kilograms in Vegas… I played at 95 kg, now I weigh 88-89 kg. I’m the thinnest I’ve ever been since coming out of the jungle (on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here in 2017).”

The Gathering – full map

Jamal Herring (24-4-0) vs. Jackson England (15-3-0) for the WBO Global super featherweight title

Mitch Robinson (Debut) Vs Kayne Pettifer (Debut)

Jack Brubaker (17-5-2) vs. In Duck Seo (15-3-2)

Kane Cornes (debut, 78.8 kg) vs. Nathan Brown (debut, 83.9 kg)

Joel Camilleri (27-8-1) vs. Joel Pavlides (5-2-1)

Dane Swan (debut, 92.6 kg) vs. Dale Thomas (debut, 93.3 kg)

Alex Leapal Jnr (debut) vs Joe Ageli (2-1-0)

Anthony Rocca (debut) vs. Corey McKernan (debut)

Sergei Vorobev drew with Wes Capper in the majority draw (76-76×2, 79-73)

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