Justis Huni, one of the hottest prospects in heavyweight boxing, has signed a deal with Matchroom Boxing, one the sport’s biggest promoters.
Matchroom, headed up by Eddie Hearn, won the hotly contested race to sign the 23-year-old following the end of his agreement with previous promoter, D&L Events.
Huni and his team were weighing up multi-million dollar offers from global powerhouses such as Top Rank and Premier Boxing Champions, as well as Aussie player No Limit, before deciding to join the UK-based promoter.
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It’s a significant move for Huni and his quest for heavyweight gold – Matchroom’s stable includes former unified champion Anthony Joshua, as well as Dillian Whyte, Filip Hrgovic, Zhilei Zhang and fellow Queenslander, Demsey McKean.
Several other Australians – Ebanie Bridges, Liam Paro, Skye Nicolson and Stevie Spark – are also signed with Matchroom.
Huni had been promoted by D&L Events, led by Dean Lonergan, since turning professional in 2020 until he became a free agent at the end of last year.
In that time, the Queenslander has amassed a 7-0 record and justified the significant hype which surrounded him after a decorated amateur career.
The move away from Lonergan follows rival Australian promoter No Limit Boxing announcing an exclusive partnership with Fox Sports, meaning the platform will only broadcast domestic events through No Limit.
Matchroom, who held their first Australian show in Brisbane back in October, are already partnered with streaming service DAZN, giving Huni the option of fighting overseas or at home.
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Huni was last in action in November, defeating Kiki Leutele on points after an exciting slugfest in Brisbane.
The Logan-based boxer injured his hand in that bout but is back training now and looking to fight in the next few months.