Justis Huni’s world title bid is alive and, having survived his biggest test, is now once again humming.
The burgeoning heavyweight star won’t be fighting for a world title anytime soon, but he took a giant step towards the dream by taking down his Australian compatriot Joe Goodall.
And having destroyed Goodall, whose career is now at a crossroads, Huni’s promoter Dean Lonergan came out swinging, labeling his opponent on Wednesday night a “disgrace” and adding that the other high ranking local, Demsey McKean, would run away from a fight like a “little b****”.
Huni’s promoter Dean Lonergan has texted Eddie Hearn, who promotes McKean, telling him he wants to make a “real fight” between the two undefeated heavyweights happens.
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‘THE WORLD AWAITS…’ Huni ‘masterclass’ downs Goodall in bloody boxing ‘war’
On Tuesday night the Huni camp were sweating bullets as they prepared to send their prized fighter out against a Kevin Barry-trained Goodall.
If anyone knew how much of a threat Goodall was, it was Huni’s promoter Dean Lonergan who has known Barry for 25 years.
Together, Lonergan and Barry worked together to take Joseph Parker to the top of the heavyweight world.
But their fears were put to rest when Huni, whose power was questioned by Jeff Fenech recently despite the Boxing Hall of Famer describing him as special, as the 23-year-old continued his unbeaten start to his professional career.
In his first fight for 364 days, Huni got his career back up and running after almost a year out of the ring due to hand surgery and covid.
While Huni’s camp were breathing a sigh of relief by getting past the impressive Goodall, they don’t want to throw him to the wolves.
The last time Lonergan had a world titleholder, their party came to a crashing halt when Jeff Horn was beaten by Terence Crawford in Las Vegas just two fights after beating Manny Pacquiao.
The Lonergan camp don’t want to repeat that mistake with Huni and will instead seek to allow him to move his way up the rankings now by picking others off.
“With these belts, that world heavyweight title fight is probably seven fights away,” said Lonergan, who helped take Joseph Parker to a heavyweight world title alongside Barry.
“To say that when this kid’s only six fights in is nothing short of stunning, but those belts make a massive difference. Normally you have to have 10 fights with 10 wins under your belt before you can fight for these regional titles, so it’s a big deal.”
Huni’s camp is exploring three fights, with Lucas Browne the biggest name but Kiki Leulele arguably the best boxer.
He is expected to fight New Zealander Leutele next, with their bout postponed after Goodall accepted the June 15 date after their fight was also delayed because of Covid.
A fight with Lucas Browne is also being considered.
The duo sparred together multiple times over the past two months, including as recently as last week.
Kris Terzievski could also be an option, having beaten Paul Gallen in Newcastle recently.
“Kiki Leutele has signed a contract, so we will be fighting him at some stage,” Lonergan said.
“He fights this weekend and if he picks up a win he will qualify to be on the fight for these belts, and one thing Rocki has said to me is that out of those three fights, Kiki is probably the best fighter out of them. He’s never been stopped, he hits hard and he’d be a great fight for Justis.
“I think we might have another two fights left in us this year.”
Lonergan laughed off the likelihood of Australian heavyweight McKean (21-0) accepting a fight against Huni.
“Demsey McKean, do not even talk to me about Demsey McKean, they will run like little b—-es because they just will not fight Justis Huni,” he said.
“They know that after that performance, Eddie Hearn will be sitting up there thinking why would I stick my big heavyweight in there with him. He’s got no chance.
“McKean’s done very well to get where he has by fighting guys who can’t fight. They’re rubbish men, who come off their route, put their boxing shoes on, turn around and get knocked out by someone who can’t fight. You can tell he can’t fight just by watching him train.
“To mention Demsey McKean, even though he’s sitting at No.10 in the world, he’d be easy pickings for Justis. Demsey McKean we’d take in a heartbeat but he’ll run like a little b—-.”