Wednesday’s highly anticipated Heavyweight showdown between Justis Huni and Paul Gallen has captured the imagination of the Australian boxing public.
Many believe that Huni (4-0, 3 KOs) is on a path to glory, with pundits suggesting that not only is he Australia’s best possible chance to win a gold medal in the sport at an Olympic games, he is a chance to be one of our greatest ever Heavyweight prospects.
The 22 year old from Brisbane has been impenetrable thus far in his professional career, at times showing master classes of exquisite footwork, head movement and punching combinations. In just four fights, Huni has captured the Australian Heavyweight title and defended it twice.
Standing in his way will be ex-NRL hard man turned professional boxer Paul Gallen (11-0-1, 6 KOs), a fighter on a quest to silence his many doubters.
In his most recent bout, Gallen shocked Australia with a stunning first round TKO of former WBA World Heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne. Even with such a jaw-dropping display, many have still questioned Gallen’s ability as a fighter and suggest that he is nothing more than a sideshow attraction within the sport.
Regardless of opinion, what cannot be questioned is his commitment to the sport and his place at the upper-echelon of the Australian box office. Make no mistake, people tune in to watch Paul Gallen fight and he will be out to, once again, stun those that are writing him off.
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Ahead of the Australian Heavyweight title fight, The Inner Sanctum canvassed the professionals, asking them to give their pick for the bout being billed as “Termination Day.”
Billel “Baby Face” Dib – WBA Oceania Super Featherweight Champion:
“I think it will be close and exciting for first couple rounds until Huni takes control. Gallen is tough as nails so I expect a good fight.”
Ben “The Hunter” Horn – WBF Australasian Welterweight Champion:
“I think as long as Huni boxes well, he wins on points or late stoppage. He has to be careful of Gallen early and break him down or he could be in danger himself.”
Danny Kennedy – Former WBF Asia Pacific Welterweight Champion:
“Huni beats Gallen comfortably. His boxing IQ will be too much. Gallen will bring pressure but that’s when Huni performs his best. Hats off to Gallen for taking the fight, it shows what a fighting man he is.”
Tyson Lantry – Former WBF Australasian Lightweight Champion:
“I’m picking Huni via unanimous decision.”
“Shotgun” Shannon O’Connell – Commonwealth Female Bantamweight Champion, WBA Gold World Female Bantamweight Champion:
“I think Justis wins a unanimous decision, maybe drops a round or two but we see the best of his speed and skill yet.”
TC Priestley – Australian Super Featherweight Champion:
“I reckon Justis wins against Gallen either by stoppage in later rounds or it goes the distance. I think Gallen will trouble him with pressure in the first four rounds and Justis will adjust for the win. But can’t rule Gallen out for the upset.”
Tej Singh – Former Australian Middleweight Champion:
“In Gallen vs Huni, Huni wins!”
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