Justis Huni was expected to win and with “beautiful work”, in the words of boxing legend Jeff Fenech, the Australian blitzed his task.
The rising boxing sensation conquered fellow Queenslander Joseph Goodall, who’s six years older, to clinch the IBF Pan Pacific, WBO Oriental and WBC Australasian heavyweight titles in Brisbane on Wednesday night.
In a fight that left Huni’s left eye streaming with blood and Goodall’s left eye just about shut, Huni prevailed via a unanimous-points decision, the judges voting 100-90, 98-92 and 98-93.
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Huni is now in the top 15 of three of boxing’s four sanctioning bodies and one step closer to the world-title shot he craves.
The 23-year-old combined an assault of body shots with a barrage of right hooks and the occasional left hook as he wore down his rival.
“An outstanding heavyweight battle between an absolute animal in Joseph Goodall and a truly world-class heavyweight in Justis Huni, who is destined for something very special,” said Main Event caller Ben Damon.
Boxing icon Barry Michael labeled Huni’s performance “a masterclass.”
“It was just a brilliant performance from Justis Huni.”
The extreme toughness of Goodall was on display as the 29-year-old swung relentlessly and with stood ferocious work in the pay-per-view fight.
While Huni dominated the bout, it was fitting that the fight went the distance because of Goodall’s admirable resilience.
“The main event was a terrific heavyweight war,” Michael said.
“You don’t often see great heavyweight fights. That was a ripper.”
Huni applauded Goodall after the bout.
“We knew Joe was going to come tough. He always does, even in our spars, so we just had to prepare for it,” Huni said.
“It worked out well for us.”
He said it felt surreal to be inching closer to fighting on the world stage.
“It’s unbelievable. You do all the training and everything and you think, ‘When’s the date going to come?'” Huni said.
“We continue to keep plugging away and it’s getting closer and closer. So, I’ll continue to keep plugging away and putting in the hard work, and the rewards are coming.”
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