Australian heavyweight Justis Huni (7-0, 4 KOs) has signed a multi-year promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing. The 23-year old from Brisbane becomes Matchroom’s latest recruit from Down Under, joining a roster that includes IBF bantamweight champion Ebanie Bridges, unbeaten heavyweight Demsey McKean, featherweight Skye Nicolson and junior welterweights Liam Paro and Stevie Spark. After capturing a bronze medal at the 2019 World Championships, Huni joined the paid ranks in October 2020, picking up the Australian heavyweight title in his pro debut by stopping Faiga Opelu in seven rounds. He then halted Arsene Fosso in four rounds at the same venue two months later in his first defense.
Huni racked up three wins in three fights in 2021, knocking out Jack Maris in one round at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in April before outpointing Christian Ndzie Tsoye in the second defense of his Australian title in Sydney a month later. He became the first man to defeat Paul Gallen when he battered the former rugby league star before stopping him in the final round of their clash at Sydney’s ICC Exhibition Centre.
Huni decisioned Joseph Goodall over ten rounds at the Nissan Arena in Nathan in June 2022 and then New Zealand’s Kiki Toa Leutele at the same venue last November, also outpointing the Kiwi over ten rounds.
“I’m extremely proud to announce I’ve signed with the world’s premier promoter,” said Huni. “Many thanks to Mick and Fran at Tasman Fighters. Let’s get it!”
Hearn added: “I’m delighted to welcome Justis Huni to the Matchroom Boxing team. Justis has already become one of the biggest names in Australian boxing and is ranked in the top 15 but now we look forward to boxing him around the World and leading him to a shot at the World Heavyweight title. The signing also continues to strengthen our Australian roster with more additions expected in the coming months, we look forward to our return to this important market in the first half of 2023.”