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'World class': Aussie monster Justis Huni destroys rival despite protest

Riley Morgan
·Sports Reporter
·4-min read
Justis Huni (pictured right) celebrates after stopping his opponent.
Justis Huni (pictured right) winning the Heavyweight fight against Jack Maris at Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre on April 10, 2021 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Aussie boxing prospect Justis Huni has continued his rise to superstardom after destroying Jusin Maris in the first round of the their heavyweight encounter.

Huni, 22, is considered by many as a future world star in the heavyweight division and put his reputation on the line against the tall and rangy Maris.

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But Huni locked onto his six-foot-nine opponent from the get go and towards the end of the first round, a brutal left body shot had Maris on the back foot.

He then walked him down and delivered a barrage of hooks to the body and head, which prompted the referee to jump in and stop the fight at the end of Round 1.

Maris was frustrated at the stoppage and appeared to protest with the referee.

But the damage was done and for many it was clear Huni was not only a class above, but is destined for bigger things after he moved 3-0.

Many labelled Huni the 'best young heavyweight' around were excited for the 109kg Aussies' Olympic medal bid later this year.

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Regardless of the barrage, Maris was clearly infuriated at the stoppage.

But it didn't appear things were going to get any better for the outmatched heavyweight.

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Huni happy to be back boxing 

"It feels amazing, it feels fantastic to be back," Huni said.

When asked about the potential early stoppage, Huni said it was "out of my control."

Huni is looking to fight two more times, under the amateur rules, before he competes at the Tokyo Olympics.

He is looking to avenge his lost against 201cm reigning world champ Bakhodir Jalolov at the Olympics.

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