On Wednesday 16th June, former Rugby League player-turned-boxer, Paul Gallen, takes on Justis Huni, in what is being billed in promotional material as “Termination Day”. Huni is expected to represent Australia at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, where he has a real chance of winning the gold medal – which is clearly reflected in the latest Paul Gallen vs Justis Huni betting odds.
Huni currently holds the Australian Heavyweight title, but the IBF Pan Pacific heavyweight belt is up for grabs. The International Convention Centre in Sydney will place host to the bout, which features a total of four bouts on the main card. As fans gear up to the contest, let’s take a look at the two boxers in more detail.
Record: 11-0-1 (6 KO)
Background: Gallen began his amateur boxing career in 2012, taking part in a rugby charity event, in which he fought Hikawera Elliot of the Rugby Union. Two years later, having been unbeaten throughout that point, he turned professional, and made his debut at the Hordern Pavilion, Sydney – winning by technical knockout against Australian Herman “Herminator” Ene-Purcell.
He has gone onto face many of his former fellow Rugby League stars, including Anthony Watts, who he secured a knockout victory over – as well as winning by unanimous decision against Bodene Thompson, Junior Paulo and Puna Rasaubale.
In November 2019, he faced former Aussie Rules footballer, Barry Hall, in what is the only blip on his career to date. A six-round bout went the distance, and with the judges unable to come to a decision, the fight was scored a majority draw – ending 57-57. Since then, Gallen has recorded victories against Mark Hunt and Lucas Browne.
Record: 4-0 (3 KO)
Background: Huni also started out as a Rugby League player, but only pursued that until the age of eight, in order to become a boxer. As an amateur, he won the gold medal as a super-heavyweight, at the 2016 AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships, held in Saint Petersburg. Three years later, he won the bronze medal in the same division at the World Championships, held in held in Yekaterinburg.
It was the following year, 2020, that “JPH” turned professional, making his debut against Australian heavyweight champion, Faiga Opelu. In winning by way of knockout in the seventh round, Huni won the Australian Heavyweight title, and has gone on to retain it in two bouts since.
This year already, Huni has fought twice – securing a technical knockout win over Jack Maris in April, while last month, he beat Christian Ndzie Tsoye by way of unanimous decision, over 10 rounds.
The Main Card
While it’s set to be an epic battle, with Gallen having proven himself over the past few years, there’s no denying that Huni will provide his toughest test yet.
Elsewhere, Isaac Hardman (10-0) takes on Emmanuel Carlos (12-1) for the WBO Oriental Middleweight Title. In the super-welterweight division, Andrei Mikhailovich (15-0) faces Alex Hanan (13-0), and unbeaten Sam Goodman (8-0) is up against “The Assassin from Siam”, Nort Beauchamp.
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