Justis Huni’s Olympic dreams hang by a thread with the Australian heavyweight boxing champion needing surgery for a broken right hand. Huni’s father coach Rocki said reports his son had been excluded from the Tokyo Games was “not entirely true” but conceded that the outlook was bleak for the 22-year-old. years.
“Boxing Australia gets a second opinion on the injury,” Rocki Huni told AAP. Huni, undefeated in his five professional fights and considered a true gold medal prospect for Australia, suffered the injury – known as the ‘boxer’s punch’ – ahead of his victory over Christian Tsoye on the month last in Sydney.
Rocki Huni has said his son made it worse when he beat Paul Gallen last week. âHe hurt both hands, but the left hand was fine. We got away with just a needle, âsaid Rocki Huni. âHis right hand didn’t work so well. The surgeon told me he needed tendon surgery. He would be absolutely upset to miss the Olympics. It’s just not good.
Huni admitted before fighting Gallen in a blockbuster that won the Queenslander over $ 200,000 and dramatically raised his profile that it was a bet so close to the Olympics.
âThere is always a risk of getting in the ring,â he said. âBut that’s why we do all the training, to make it less risky. I’m going to try [sustain] as little damage as possible; pretty much like my last fight against Christian Tsoye – stay long, box well, keep it at the end of my punches.
Instead, Gallen inadvertently honored his pre-fight threat to shatter Huni’s Olympic dreams in any way he could. âTheir number 1 concern is the Olympics. This is their # 1 concern. Well I’m here to tell them all – Justis you’re included – I’m here to do whatever I can to make sure you don’t go to the Olympics, âsaid Gallen.
“Whether it’s to break your jaw, break your face, break your arm, I don’t care what it is.” I will bring everything I can to break something in you so that you don’t go to the Olympics. This dream since you were seven is going to be screwed up.