Troubled ex-footy star claims NRL players are ‘scared’ of fighting him as he calls out superstar for boxing debut
- Curtis Scott wants to fight Tevita Pangai Jr
- The troubled ex-football star is pursuing a boxing career
- But he struggles to find an opponent
Curtis Scott believes NRL players are ‘running’ for him as the troubled former footy star tries to get his boxing career off the ground.
Scott, 26, was denied a return to the NRL two months ago and has since been linked with a switch to England’s Super League.
However, Fox Sports reports that boxing promoters No Limit are hoping to debut Scott on the undercard of Sam Goodman’s next fight on March 13.
Scott won a premiership with Melbourne Storm in 2017 and was tipped as a potential State of Origin player, but his career has been cut short by a number of off-field issues.
In 2022 he was sentenced to a 12-month community correctional order after being found guilty of three charges against his ex-girlfriend, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, common assault and stalking or intimidating with intent to cause fear or physical harm cause.
Curtis Scott is struggling to find an opponent for his first boxing match
The troubled former football star wants to get his boxing career going
He was sacked by the Canberra Raiders before the assault charge for a separate incident surrounding a nightclub brawl, although he was later cleared of any charges.
He is in a civil battle with NSW Police over an ‘unlawful’ arrest in 2020.
But he has put those issues behind him and is fully focused on a successful career in the ring. The problem, he says, is that no one wants to fight him.
“I’m dirty on the NRL,” he said. ‘I’m now pursuing boxing, and I’m keen to see how far I can take it.
‘It’s frustrating because I know a lot of people didn’t want to put me on one that long ago.
‘Yet now they have a chance to actually do something about it, everyone is scared.
‘I’ve seen and read a lot of negative things people have said about me online.
‘But nobody ever says anything to my face.
‘I’m not surprised though; everyone these days acts tough behind a keyboard or a phone.
‘But there are a lot of fighters out there that I can match up to.
“So I’ll leave it all to George (Rose, No Limit promoter) to figure out.”
He says he wants NRL hardman Tevita Pangai Jr
Scott says he wants the titanic Tevita Pangai Jr.
‘I know Tevita also trains up there in Brisbane. I don’t know what his plans are but why not?
‘It’s not about anyone else though, it’s about me.
‘I’m just eager to get in the ring and show people what I’ve been working on. I’m going to give it absolutely everything.’