‘Knock him out’: Huni says public wants him to end Gal as Aussie boxing prodigy arrives

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‘Knock him out’: Huni says public wants him to end Gal as Aussie boxing prodigy arrives

It was only a matter of months ago that Justis Huni walked around freely.

No longer.

In Les Miserables, it was about the French uprising and a revolution taking place.

“Do you hear the people sing?

Singing the song of angry men?

When the beating of your heart

Echoes the beating of the drums

There is a life about to start

When tomorrow comes!”

Now people across Australia are starting to speak of Huni’s name.

And not just of Huni, but of their desire for him to take down a person synonymous with rugby league: Paul Gallen.

“Just walking through the city and stuff and people are yelling out of their cars,” Huni tells foxsports.com.au from Boxing Works Gym at Kings Cross on Darlinghurst Street, Sydney.

“Everybody just wants me to knock Paul out.

“Not even just beat Paul, but knock him out.

“I don’t know if they want to see me do well or they genuinely just don’t like Paul Gallen.

“I’ve had a lot of support. Even people who work at coffee shops support me and want me to do well.”

Huni is the 22-year-old boxing sensation, who on Wednesday night will take on the former State of Origin winning captain in Sydney.

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Last year it was only people within the boxing community who knew Huni’s name.

Now, the Australian heavyweight champion, who will carry the nation’s boxing hopes at Tokyo’s Olympics, is everywhere after luring the high profile former forward, who is unbeaten in 12 fights, to the boxing ring.

“It’s been an awesome journey and it’s definitely lifted my profile a lot,” Huni said.

“It’s got me a lot of exposure, which is what we wanted. People were saying, ‘this is just a money fight,’ but I’m still young, I’m still very early in my career, the money will come, but this fight was more about exposure and getting the country behind me leading into the Olympics.”

The task ahead isn’t lost on Huni.

‘Knock him out’: Huni says public wants him to end Gal as Aussie boxing prodigy arrives
Paul Gallen will take on Justis Huni on Wednesday. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

No Australian has won a boxing gold medal and Huni wants to break that history.

“I think that’s what the whole Australian boxing team is dreaming of bringing back to Australia,” Huni said.

“No one has won the gold medal before.

“We’re all looking at trying to get that job done.”

Nervous?

Somewhat. But only until he steps inside the ring.

“As of right now, no. But as it gets closer to the fight, I always get nervous,” he says.

“But as soon as I step into the ring, everything goes away.

“I think it’s just thinking about the fight. Thinking of how it’s going to play out. Thinking about what I’m going to do. That’s where the nerves come from. But as soon as I step in the ring, even the walkout I have the nerves, but as soon as I step into the ring I switch the flick and it’s time to go to work.”

Justis Huni at Boxing Works Gym at Kings Cross in Sydney. Picture: Richard DobsonSource: News Corp Australia

Scared?

Not a chance.

“There’s a big difference between being nervous about the fight and being scared of your opponent,” he says.

“If you’re scared of your opponent leading into the fight, you probably took the wrong fight. He’s pretty much already got you beaten and the fight hasn’t even started.

“I stay positive because I do all the hard work in the job. I work as hard as I can so I can go into the fight and make it as easy as possible. I’ve never been scared of my opponents.”

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Justis Huni defeated Christian Tsoye in an Australian heavyweight title fight at the Aware Super Theatre, ICC Darling Harbour, Sydney. Picture: Justin Lloyd.Source: News Corp Australia

But how could he be scared?

After all, Huni has been sparring since he was seven and in the ring since he was nine.

As his brother Lopete, who has recently returned to the ring to spar alongside Justis, says: “I knew early on he would be special.

“Back then, he was fighting well above his age.

“He would fight kids who were years older than him and go toe-to-toe with them and when you see that, you automatically think this person has something special.

“He would have been nine fighting kids that were 12-14-15-years-old.

“He was a big kid for his age, but mentally, to get in there and do that, it’s special.”

A new revolution is about to begin.

The Huni revolution.

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