Australian heavyweight sensation Justis Huni put on a 'masterclass' against compatriot Joe Goodall after an unanimous decision victory, but his promoter was less than impressed with his rival's tactics.
Huni used his extraordinary speed as a heavyweight to counter Goodall's press with aplomb and never looked like succumbing to his opponent's heavy power.
The 23-year-old had to wait almost exactly a year since beating Paul Gallen to improve his record to 6-0 and showed many that he was ready for the next step.
However, Huni's promoter Dean Lonergan was less than impressed with Goodall's tactics.
The big Aussie attempted to use his size advantage on Huni and often engaged in the clinch for some dirty boxing.
However, this didn't sit well with Lonergan who took aim at the 'disgusting' act.
“There were two different fights going on — my guy Justis Huni was fighting for the IBF, was fighting for the WBO and WBC titles, that f**king idiot Goodall was fighting for the WWE title,” Lonergan said after the fight.
“Like seriously, he came to wrestle, he came to headbutt, it was a disgusting performance in my opinion by Joe Goodall.
“And if they think they’re ever going to come and have a rematch with Justis Huni, they can go f**k themselves."
Lonergan said Goodall tried to make the fight as 'dirty' as possible, which Huni's team had raised ahead of the fight.
Some fans agreed with Longergan.
Huni 4-0 up but Goodall is wrestling him up. How refs keep allowing this to happen? This is boxing, not a hug contest.
— KB🐐🦍 (@kinginbets) June 15, 2022
Rabbit punching. Huni just needs to be careful in clinch. But otherwise in good shape. Goodall piss poor fighter.
— Fight Ghost (@Fight_Ghost) June 15, 2022
Huni has awsome speed, Goodall enjoying the hugs, not much power in what he throws #HuniGoodall
— Abbz83 (@abbz83) June 15, 2022
Regardless, Huni remained composed and praise Goodall for his heart after the fight.
Questions remain over Justis Huni power
But for all his speed, precision and smarts, it was Huni's power - or lack of it - that meant many pundits weren't confident he could handle the rejuvenated Goodall.
And despite Huni's clear victory - he won an unanimous points decision 100-90, 98-92, 98-93 - the fighter knows the knock will remain after Goodall finished on his feet.
Justis Huni defeats Australian compatriot Joseph Goodall by unanimous points decision in Brisbane
Scores: 100-90, 98-92, 98-93.
Huni dream alive; Incredible hand-speed.
Heavy, sorry defeat loss for Goodall. pic.twitter.com/upJ5Wv2UzL
— Christy Doran (@ChristypDoran) June 15, 2022
"About the power? Not really," he said when asked if he's silenced some critics.
"But I'm still here and got my '0' (zero losses) so I'm happy."
Huni landed an incredible 194 punches in 10 two-and-a-half minute rounds to close up Goodall's left eye.
"If the right punch lands then it'll come. But I've been in the game for a long time, I'm not going out there to look for it," he said.
"I learnt that in my first couple of fights."
A world title-winner in three divisions, Fenech poked the bear earlier in the week when he questioned Huni's power.
But he was blown away by the craft of the 110kg monster he said was throwing combinations usually reserved for the divisions far below Huni's.
Labelling it a "masterclass", he said the deconstruction of Goodall displayed "skills far superior to any heavyweight I've seen in a long, long time".
Victory came after a 12-month spell forced by injury and illness and landed Huni the WBO Oriental, IBF Pan-Pacific and WBC Australasian heavyweight belts.
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