The Sunday Mail (Queensland)

Huni continues his rise with savage first-round win

- PETER BADEL

HEAVYWEIGH­T Justis Huni continued his rise as one of Australian boxing’s hottest prospects with a savage firstround stoppage of giant Jack Maris last night.

Returning from a recent concussion sustained outside the ring, Huni (3-0, 3KO) was never troubled by the 206cm Maris (2-1) as he chalked up his third consecutiv­e win to retain his Australian title at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

Huni is eyeing a bigger scalp when he fights former world-champion Lucas Browne (29-2, 25KO) in July and he put “Big Daddy” on notice by bludgeonin­g Maris in the opening round.

The monolithic Maris enjoyed a 13cm reach but his sloppy style was no match for Huni, who started watchfully, then unleashed a series of body shots before a vicious right ended the contest with 10 seconds left in the first round.

Huni will now take on Christian Tsoye as another tune-up before his fifth profession­al bout against Browne, who faces Paul Gallen on Wednesday week.

“It feels amazing, I’m happy to be back,” Huni said.

“Lucas would be my biggest test so far. He is a big guy with reach and he is strong. He has fought all over the world. It would be a good test at this stage of my career, but I want to keep challengin­g myself.

“I don’t think I have fought to the best of my ability. I still have a lot to prove.”

Ben Mahoney (11-0, 6KO) won the Australian super welterweig­ht title, overcoming a knockdown to edge out Kris George (14-3, 8KO) by unanimous decision.

 ??  ?? Justis Huni (right) goes after Jack Morris last night.
Justis Huni (right) goes after Jack Morris last night.

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