Promoter Eddie Hearn to weigh up Huni’s prospects in heavyweight clash against Joe Goodall
British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn to weigh the prospects of Huni’s world title in a heavyweight fight against Joe Goodall in Brisbane
- Huni and Goodall will line up tomorrow for a full Australian heavyweight fight
- It is Australia’s biggest heavyweight fight since 1908 and Huni .’s comeback
- The winner will be in the top 15 of three of the world’s four sanctioning bodies
- World-renowned promoter Eddie Hearn will be an interested spectator
British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn will be ringside to gauge Justis Huni’s heavyweight world title prospects on his return to boxing.
Huni will end a nearly year-long drought on Wednesday against undefeated Brisbane talent Joe Goodall in what is considered the country’s biggest heavyweight duel since 1908.
The victor will move into the top 15 of three of the sport’s four sanctioning bodies and within a few fights of a world title.
Huni and Goodall go head to head in an open training session at Brisbane’s King George Square
Hearn, the Matchroom Sport chairman and promoter of recently deposed heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, will be an interested observer at the Nissan Arena.
He will also meet Brisbane’s WBO world No.1-ranked super lightweight Liam Paro and record the heartbeat of an Australian boxing scene racing for Tim Tszyu’s undisputed world title this year and George Kambosos Jr’s failed world title defense earlier. this month .
Joshua renounced the WBA, IBF and WBO to the stylish Oleksandr Usyk in September, but has a rematch scheduled for August in Saudi Arabia.
Huni, 23 and undefeated in five professional fights, has often referred to Usyk when defending his style against critics who suggest he lacks the power to dominate the famed division.
Footwork, quick hands and ring crafts are his weapons instead, forged in an amateur career that earned world championship bronze in 2019.
Goodall, 29, did the same two years earlier, becoming the first Australian to medal at the event in 26 years.
But he hasn’t had the same grip since turning pro, despite going undefeated in eight fights.
However, a 12-month stint in Las Vegas under Frank Barry has revived Goodall, leaving “like a mental and physical marshmallow and coming back with a body chiseled like granite,” according to Huni’s promoter Dean Lonergan.
Joe Cordina greets promoter Eddie Hearn after beating Kenichi Ogawa in the International Boxing Federation’s world super featherweight title at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff
Barry’s reputation for turning “mediocre fighters into absolute beasts” also makes Lonergan sweat.
But it was a ravishing clash between two pure talents, touted as Australia’s finest coastal heavyweight fight since Jack Johnson defeated Canadian Tommy Burns in Sydney in 1908 to become America’s first black world heavyweight champion.
“It’s probably the best heavyweight fight in Australia in 100 years,” Lonergan said.
“It’s a fight that worries me deeply.
“Goodall wouldn’t be half the fighter he is a year ago.”
Gallen and Justis Huni during their Termination Day Showdown fight in Sydney
Huni’s Olympic overturn was stopped by a hand injury he sustained in his last fight against Paul Gallen.
And he had planned to fight seven times this year, but his repeated attempts to return were negated by two bouts of COVID-19 and injuries to opponents and other key talent on his card.
A comprehensive win, especially for Hearn, could soon see the momentum he had in 2021 return.
Lonergan will not rush an international debut, however, telling AAP that two more fights in Australia this year – possibly against current Australian champion Kris Terzievski or undefeated New Zealander Kiki Leutele – may be in the works.