An Australia boxer of Tongan heritage, Justis Huni, has recently won gold at two major world amateur boxing tournaments held in Turkey and Spain. The 18-year-old dominated the super heavyweight divisions (+91kg) of the competitions, both held this month.
Justis Huni won gold on 16 September at the “Ahmet Comert Youth tournament” in Instanbul, Turkey. He easily defeated all of his Turkish opponents, knocking out two of them in the first round.
Huni continued his rampage at the “Boxam Youth Tournament” in Benidorm, Spain. In the final of that tournament, Huni knocked out Norwegian fighter Tobias Yrvin in the first round to secure gold for Australia. In the semi-final of that competition, Justis defeated a noted Russian boxer Khidirovibragim Ibragim by decision. The tournament ended 24 September.
Huni’s impressive resume includes a gold medal at the 2016 Youth World Amateur Boxing Championships in Russia. The current winning streak and knockout habits, makes Huni a powerful Olympic prospect for Australia.
In a media release, the European Boxing Confederation called Huni “…a big star at the super heavyweight (+91kg) who could be an Olympian boxer among the elites.”
Huni’s younger brother, Hone Huni, is also a top amateur boxer and represents Tonga.