Huni v Goodall preview
One of the biggest heavyweight bouts in recent Australian history takes centre stage in Brisbane on Wednesday night when fellow Queenslanders Justis Huni and Joe Goodall fight for the WBO Oriental and IBF Pan-Pacific Regional titles.
Huni, 23, makes a return to the ring 12 months since his last bout, while 29-year-old Goodall last took to the ring in March with his eighth win from nine fights, against Mathew Mckinney in Minneaoplis, USA.
Goodall is undefeated with his other bout a draw. Huni’s record is just as impressive courtesy of four knockout wins from five fights, winning the outlier by decision. Both men are familiar with each other from their amateur days in Brisbane
What time is the Huni v Goodall fight?
Coverage of the undercard with Main Event on Kayo starts at 7pm (AEST), 6.30pm (ACST) and 5pm (AWST) on Wednesday 15 June.
Huni and Goodall are set to take to the ring by 10pm (AEST), 9.30pm (ACST) and 8pm (AWST).
Where is the fight?
Nissan Arena, Brisbane.
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For all the build up to the fight
Justis Huni's camp is on high alert over potential last-minute "dirty" tactics Joe Goodall's camp could use to get an upper hand in tonight's blockbuster heavyweight fight.
The two camps had a meeting this morning to discuss which gloves would be used in the fight, with Huni's father, Rocki, Goodall's trainer Kevin Barry and Huni's promoter Dean Lonergan among those present.
Lonergan warned the officials regarding a well-known trick Barry uses that he believes could cause Huni significant damage if it is allowed.
"I know for a fact that they're using what's called Everlast MX gloves. They're known as puncher's gloves," Lonergan told Wide World of Sports.
"What that will do is that will separate the gloves at the knuckle. Where the glove goes across the knuckle, they'll use their fingers to push the horse hair and the composite material away from the knuckle so the knuckle come through."I've seen this shit before from them, that's what they used to do. Kevin will wrap his hands extremely well, so he'll probably have a little bit of rubber just on top of his knuckles, then he'll have a hard wrap on top of that. It's like getting hit with concrete when it comes through."
There were also concerns from the Goodall camp regarding Huni's Adidas gloves, with a 11th-hour request for the gloves to be weighed before the 23-year-old wears them.
Lonergan has also spoken to officials about in-fight moves that Goodall could use, saying his legendary trainer Barry is in the "hurt game" rather than the "boxing game".
"You'll see how lethal this is. They'll be hitting behind the ears, behind the head, wrenching elbows at the clinches, headbutting, hitting below the belt, and he'll be standing on his feet as much as he can.
"I promise you these are all the tactics Kevin Barry is bringing to the table on a regular basis when he's got fighters who aren't as skilled as the other fighters. Kevin Barry is not in the boxing game, Kevin Barry is in the hurt game and the winning game.
"If there's an intentional foul and our guy gets a cut, I want them thrown out of the ring. This is the shit that they bring to the table."
Huni and Goodall are expected to get their clash underway at 10pm AEST, with the main event being no earlier than 9:30pm at Brisbane's Nissan Arena.
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Justis Huni is prepared to fight fire with fire if Joe Goodall resorts to "dirty" tactics in an attempt to win the heavyweight blockbuster fight between the pair.
The two Australian giants will go toe-to-toe inside Brisbane's Nissan Arena on Wednesday night, with a shot at entering the world's top-15 on the line.
Huni's promoter, Dean Lonergan, has made no secret about his fears regarding Goodall's potential tactics, particularly with the 29-year-old having legendary Kiwi trainer Kevin Barry in his corner.
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However, Huni isn't fazed by the thought of any unorthodox moves that he might face from his former sparring partner.
"We know he's going to come out and bang because I think he knows that I'm the better boxer out of the two of us," he told reporters ahead of the fight.
"So I think he's going to turn it into a fight and try and do some dirty tactics, but we'll be ready for that.