Paul Gallen is resigned to the fact that he will never face Sonny Bill Williams in the ring.
"The Sonny Bill ship has sailed," Gallen said. "I'm over talking about it.
"We all know the situation; I've said 'let's do it' and heard nothing in return. My first fight was in 2012 and it's been spoken about ever since. It's just a waste of time.
"He's had neck surgery so I don't know if he'll come back, I don't know what the go is with Sonny.
"I've got nothing against him, I've got enormous respect for what he's done in everything. I think it's probably past that time now."
Gallen will instead have to content himself with a battle against former UFC star Mark Hunt. At 46 years of age, Hunt may not have his previous pulling power, nor that of Williams. However, he remains a towering figure in mixed martial arts and there will be plenty of interest to see if he can inflict Gallen's first boxing loss.
Williams is due to face Gallen's last opponent, Barry Hall, at some stage in the summer. After years of calling out SBW, the former Cronulla Sharks captain is resigned to the fact the anticipated showdown with Williams won't happen.
"But who cares, I've got Mark Hunt," Gallen said. "As Sonny said six months ago or whenever he said it, I've got to worry about Mark Hunt.
"That's all I'm worried about, I'm not concerned about anything else. Mark Hunt is the only person on my mind.
"If I get that done, we'll worry about who's next after that."
There have also been countless obstacles in getting the Gallen-Hunt fight to eventuate. Gallen said it was initially difficult to find heavyweights to spar against as many potential training partners refused due to their ties to Hunt.
Gallen also suffered a biceps injury that threatened to derail the bout, although it will proceed as scheduled on December 16 at Bankwest Stadium as part of a co-main event alongside Tim Tszyu's fight with New Zealander Bowyn Morgan.
Hunt has commenced the trash talk as the fight approaches, but Gallen remains unfazed.
"I've been around big, tough guys who talk shit for 20 years and I'm still here," he said. "I'll still be here after this fight - win, lose or draw.
"Worst case scenario, I get beaten by Mark Hunt, a bloke who says he's fought the best for 20 years.
"It's not a real blemish on me. Nobody else is prepared to get into the ring with him.
"He should be thanking me. Talking about his lawsuits [against the UFC] and that sort of crap, he needs the money.
"There is no one else in Australia that can provide this sort of money. He should be thanking me."