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Justis Huni gunning for two wins in three weeks ahead of Tokyo Olympics

Justis Huni. Photo credit: Getty Images

Australian heavyweight champion Justis Huni 3-0 (3) is pushing ahead with his ambitious schedule ahead of the Tokyo Olympics when he takes on Christian Tsoye 5-3-2 (4) at the ICC Exhibition Centre in Sydney, Australia on Wednesday night.

The 22-year-old will back up three weeks later when he faces a red-hot Paul Gallen 11-0-1 (6) at the same venue for the vacant IBF Pan Pacific title.

Huni recently received his first dose of the Covid-19 and says it “knocked him about a little bit”.

“It was a bit of a rollercoaster but it’s all part of the journey, you’ve just got to embrace it and not let it bring you down,” he told news.com.au.

“It’s a bit concerning (the Covid outbreak in Japan). It’s risky but I think me and the team will sit down and talk about our options and the best option going forward because at the end of the day, my health is the main priority so just got to make the right choices and smart choices.”

The side effects from the vaccine forced Huni to cut back his training and in a bid to be in optimal condition for the Tsoye fight he found himself sparring 30 rounds in three days at the end of his camp last week.

“Normally we don’t do that with really hard sparring a week before the fight, but it had to be done,” Huni said. “It wasn’t my best camp but the team and I felt like it’s what I needed to find where I was at and see if I was ready to go Wednesday.

“I got through and I’m ready to go. I’m fit, I can do the 10 rounds pretty comfortably, so I’m ready to go.”

Ex-rugby league star Gallen, who is fresh off a first-round knockout of former WBA ‘regular’ titleholder Lucas Browne 29-3 (25) last month, surprised Huni at a rugby league game recently when he flipped him the bird in front of the cameras.

“He caught me off guard,” laughed Huni, who won the national crown in his pro debut against Faiga Opelu last October. “I had no idea about all of it. It was kind of my first encounter with Gal, it was a bit different and kind of caught me a little off guard, I wasn’t expecting it. But the show must go on.

“He’s just got to build it up. He brings the eyes. I know a lot of people don’t really like him but he brings the eyes and he’s good at what he does.

“People that know me know I’m not a big trash talker. I want to let my actions do the talking. At the end of the day he can say what he wants to say about me but it’s not going to change the outcome of what happens in the fight night. I don’t bother wasting my breath or energy on him.”

If Huni defeats both Tsoye and Gallen and manages to medal in Tokyo, he will become one of the hottest prospects in the heavyweight division.

“This for us is a dream come true,” his father and trainer Rocki Huni said. “I had absolutely no idea that we’d be here, this is so quick in his career but in saying that, it’s something he’s worked all his life for. Seven years old he started boxing so it’s 15 years now so I think he’s more than ready.

“He might be 22 but he’s been in that ring for a long time.”