The Sunday Mail (Queensland)
Huni continues his rise with savage first-round win
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.