24/05/2024

Surging Australian heavyweight Justis Huni returns on October 28 in Cancun, Mexico - Image: D and L Events/Instagram

Despite only fighting seven times as a professional to date, Australian Heavyweight Justis Huni (7-0, 4 KOs) has no doubts about his place in the greater boxing world.

Currently ranked at 15 with the WBO, the Queenslander believes he belongs among the upper echelon of the division.

Now, he plans to showcase his prowess to a global audience.

Huni is set to make his international debut for Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing against Andrew Tabiti (20-1, 16 KOs).

Originally scheduled for June, the bout will serve as the co-main event of O’Shaquie Foster’s (20-2, 11 KOs) WBC Super Featherweight title defence against Eduardo Hernandez (34-1, 31 KOs) in Mexico on October 29 (AEDT).

To the Australian, the chance to open the eyes of an entirely new set of fans is a source of motivation.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to be fighting in front of a bunch of new eyes,” he told media via Matchroom Boxing‘s press event.

“I’m here to prove why I belong up the top with these other heavyweights. This is my time now.

“This is my time to shine now and what better platform to do it on than this card, as co-main event for a World title fight.

“That’s a dream come true for me.”

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In Tabiti, Huni will be facing a truly world class operator.

In recent years, the American has challenged for a World title at Cruiserweight, and holds a win over former IBF champion Steve Cunningham (30-9-1, 13 KOs).

Though ‘The Beast’ will be fighting at Heavyweight for just the second time in his career, Huni is aware of the challenge that awaits.

“We’ve both got good boxing IQ’s,” he said.

“I believe I’ve got what it takes to go all the way and come home with the W.

“It’s going to be a chess match.”

Just as exciting as the challenge posed by Tabiti is the ability to compete in general.

Having sat out for the better part of a year with injury setbacks, there is an element of relief for the 24 year old, who has had to bide his time and wait patiently.

Not willing to let the moment slip, Huni is ready for his best showing yet.

“It’s massive for my career. I’m just excited to be a part of this massive card,” he said.

“I’m just excited and I’m ready to go Saturday night. 

“You better believe I’ll bring my best performance.”

Justis Huni vs Andrew Tabiti goes down on October 29, with the full Matchroom Boxing card airing live on DAZN from 12pm (AEDT).

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