Justis Huni hosts boxing clinic to get past stubborn Joseph Goodall

Justis Huni hosts boxing clinic to get past a stubborn Joseph Goodall as Australia’s brightest heavyweight prospect clears drive-by shooting drama to extend his perfect record in Brisbane

  • Justis Huni extended his perfect professional record after beating Joe Goodall
  • The 23-year-old’s combat readiness was affected by a drive-by shooting last week
  • However, he showed no signs of mental fatigue with a one-sided victory
  • Matchroom boxing promoter Eddie Hearn attended the fight in Brisbane

Justis Huni may have endured a tumultuous rise until his clash with Joseph Goodall, but the Australian heavyweight prospect had no trouble seeing off his stubborn rival in Brisbane.

The 23-year-old’s home in south Brisbane was pulled down in a terrifying drive-by attack in the early hours of the morning last week, although none of the 10 people inside the property was not injured.

Despite the horrific ordeal, Huni was able to concentrate on the task at hand and hold a boxing clinic to see his 29-year-old rival on Wednesday night.

Justis Huni overtook a Joseph Goodall game to extend his perfect pro record

Huni showed off his lightning-fast speed over the 10-round affair, landing countless body shots that had a clear impact on his older opponent as the fight went on.

So it was no surprise when the judges awarded the fight in favor of Huni, unanimously scoring the fight 100-90, 98-92, 98-93.

The former sparring partners finished the 10th and final round at the Nissan Arena in Brisbane on Wednesday in a flurry of punches, Huni’s head severed from a head shock and Goodall’s left eye nearly shut.

But Huni’s work rate – he landed 194 total punches – accuracy and speed proved too much as he earned a unanimous points decision to enter the top 15 in the standings in three of the four bodies sport sanction.

It was the 23-year-old’s first fight since beating Paul Gallen last June – a hand injury that cost him a Tokyo Olympics campaign, two bouts of COVID-19 and even a shootout driving in his family home last week conspiring to halt his ascent.

“That’s it and more,” Huni said of his comeback fight.

“I was looking for a challenge and he gave me one.

The 23-year-old heavyweight prospect faced a drive-by shooting last week

The 23-year-old heavyweight prospect faced a drive-by shooting last week

However, he showed no signs of mental fatigue with a boxing masterclass in Brisbane

However, he showed no signs of mental fatigue with a boxing masterclass in Brisbane

“We expected him to come out and push the fight, bring some dirty tactics, but we got there man.”

The result improved Brisbane talent’s record to 6-0 while handing fellow former amateur world championship medalist Goodall the first professional loss in his ninth fight.

Their pedigree, and Goodall’s year-long rejuvenation in the United States, meant the fight was being billed as the country’s biggest heavyweight battle in over a century.

And the pair tried to match, Goodall countered as Huni went into overdrive with combinations to the body and head of his former sparring partner.

Huni dominated from start to finish and earned a unanimous decision win on Wednesday

Huni dominated from start to finish and earned a unanimous decision win on Wednesday

Goodall cut out Huni’s eye in the fourth round but Goodall’s left eye was nearly closed by the end of the sixth round, with Huni throwing combinations usually reserved for boxers 30kg under.

A head clash then ensured the blood flowed in the final two rounds as both men chased an unsuccessful knockout, with Huni still appearing remarkably fresh when the bell rang.

Huni has been touted as the country’s top world heavyweight title hope since winning the national title on his debut in 2020.

Young prospect celebrates after winning WBO Oriental and IBF Pan-Pacific Regional title

Young prospect celebrates after winning WBO Oriental and IBF Pan-Pacific Regional title

That momentum had stalled during his year on the sidelines, but is now conceivably within a few fights of a world title.

Earlier in the night, entertaining middleweight Andrei Mikhailovich called out Michael Zerafa after dominating tricky Venezuelan Ernesto Espana.

The Russian-born New Zealander produced a devastating third-round knockout to improve to 18-0, inflicting only Espana’s fourth loss in a 33-fight career that has scored 27 knockouts.