Justis Huni dismisses Joe Goodall’s power advantage: ‘You have to land that power’

Justis Huni says Joe Goodall can have all the power in the world but it won’t make a difference if he can’t hit him.

The pair are due to meet in Brisbane on June 15 in a fight that’s being billed as the best-ever all-Australian heavyweight showdown.

Both men are yet to taste defeat as professionals and a win at Nissan Arena will elevate one of them into the top 15 in three of boxing’s four main sanctioning bodies, setting them on course for a potential world title shot in the future.

Huni, off the back of a decorated amateur career and an impressive start to life as pro, will go in as favourite but Goodall and his team are confident they possess the one-punch power to change the fight at any moment.

The 23-year-old Huni however feels his defensive skills will make any power difference irrelevant.

“They can believe what they want. If they want to think they’ve got more power than me, they can believe that, but we’re in a boxing fight,” Huni told Sporting News.

“You can have all the power you want but you have to land that power. 

“You have to land those power shots for him to have power. 

“If he doesn’t land it, how does anyone know he’s got power?”

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After a flying 5-0 start to his professional career, which included winning the Australian title on his debut, Huni has endured a frustrating 12 months since he became the first man to defeat Paul Gallen last June.

Hand injuries and COVID-19 have kept him out of the ring since but he’s keen to make up for lost time, taking on one of, if not the, toughest opponent on the Australian heavyweight scene.

Of Goodall’s eight career wins, six have via come first-round knockout.

Goodall recently made the move to Las Vegas to live with and train under Kevin Barry – the man who took Joseph Parker to a world title and guided David Tua to a Hall of Fame career.

Making his US debut on Tim Tszyu’s undercard in March, Goodall knocked Mathew McKinney out in the first round.

With Barry’s connections and the convenience of being in one of the world’s great hubs for boxing, Goodall has been able to train alongside some high-quality opponents.

The 29-year-old has sparred with the likes of Joe Joyce, Jared Anderson, Efe Ajagba and Tony Yoka, all world-rated heavyweights with a combined record of 50-2.

“I know that [Huni’s promoter] Dean Lonergan would have liked better sparring,” Barry said.

Huni however isn’t about to admit as much.

“At the end of the day, it’s Joe and I that will be getting in there,” he said.

“The fight is a whole different level to sparring so it doesn’t bother me who he’s been sparring or who he’s training with.”

“Big Daddy” bounces back

Huni has however been sparring with one man who definitely does have the power to shut an opponent’s lights out.

Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne may be 43 but he handed Junior Fa just the second loss of his career in devastating fashion on the undercard to Sunday’s lightweight unification bout between Devin Haney and George Kambosos in Melbourne.

“As you saw against Junior Fa, one or two punches knocked out a guy that’s six foot seven and 120 kilos who hadn’t been knocked out before and whose record was 19-1,” Lonergan told Sporting News.

“I’ve got no doubt that part of Lucas’ efforts were the fact that he was in sparring with Justis early on.

“What Lucas brings to the table is to make sure you don’t get hit. When you’ve got one-punch knockout power like Lucas Browne showed, you don’t want to be getting hit too often by those big shots.”

Huni will certainly be hoping he can steer clear of Goodall’s power shots come Wednesday week.


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