Both teams have been playing mind games at the 11th hour ahead of the massive all-Aussie heavyweight clash between Justis Huni and Joe Goodall.
It’s been billed as the biggest heavyweight clash in Australia in decades, maybe even a century, but it’s finally fight time between the undefeated stars Joe Goodall and Justis Huni.
Huni weighed in the heavier at just over 110.5kg to Goodall’s 108.5kg but the latter is a renowned first round knockout specialist, having won six of his nine fights (8-0-1) with the early finish.
With Huni there have always been questions about his knockout power and he will have to answer them against the heavy punching Goodall.
Boxing mogul Eddie Hearn has “a sneaky feeling” Goodall will win, Paul Gallen said Huni’s the man but both men say an even clash like this is exactly what Australian boxing needs.
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Glove drama as ‘dirty’ accusations ramp up
It would not be a boxing card without some glove drama before the men throw down and Justis Huni Vs Joe Goodall is no different.
Huni’s promoter Dean Lonergan threw a spanner into the works earlier in the day as the teams signed off on the gloves, calling for the officials to watch out for the last minute swapping of gloves out of bags, watching for intentional fouls and allowing for representatives of each camp to watch wraps being put on.
It comes after Lonergan lit the fuse earlier in the week at the press conference, calling Goodall’s trainer Kevin Barry “a master of all the dark arts of boxing”.
“Kevin, in my opinion, is a master trainer who would have done a massive job on Joe,” Lonergan said at the time. “What Kevin brings to the table those with a willingness to win and do anything to win.
“I’ve seen this happen before, Kevin’s trained guys for the past who I thought were mediocre fighters and turned them into absolute animals and guys will do what they had to do to win, whether it be elbowing, whether it be headbutting, whether it be low blows, whether it be hitting behind the head, Kevin is a master of all the dark arts of boxing.”
Barry laughed off the accusation but it’s a narrative that Lonergan is sticking with.
But the Goodall camp launched its own mind games in the glove sign off, demanding that Huni’s custom gloves be weighed to ensure they are 10 ounces.
The gloves were weighed at a local Brisbane restaurant as it was an unorthodox request to weigh the gloves.
They weighed in 5 grams over the 10 ounce limit. The lighter gloves are the easier they are to knock an opponent out as there is less padding in and a greater surface area for strikes.
However, in an interview with Fox Sports, Lonergan also said Barry was a master of glove manipulation and would
“They’ve got a compound gloves, it’s half foam and half horsehair,” Lonergan said.
“What he’ll do is he’ll separate the glove and the knuckle, so he’ll spread the horsehair and the foam away from the knuckle so it’s like knuckles coming through the glove – it’s f***ing dangerous.”
How to watch
If you’re not down at Nissan Arena in Brisbane, the best way to watch is via Foxtel Main Event or Kayo.
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The undercard starts at about 6pm, followed by the main card from 7pm. And depending on the earlier fights, the main event is expected at around 9.30-10pm AEST.
From 7pm AEST
Justis Huni v Joseph Goodall – 10 rounds for the vacant IBF Pan Pacific, vacant WBO Oriental and WBC Australasian heavyweight titles
Ernesto Espana v Andrei Mikhailovich – 10 rounds for the IBF Pan Pacific and WBO Global middleweight titles
Shamal Ram Anuj v Luke Boyd – 10 rounds for the WBA Oceania super bantamweight title
Gretel De Paz v Taylah Robertson – six rounds at female super flyweight
Francis Waitai v Jack Gipp – six rounds at super middleweight
Thomas Wilkins v Hone Huni – four rounds at super middleweight
Marvin Feterika v Toese Vousiutu – four rounds at heavyweight
Louis Marsters v Austin Aokuso – four rounds at cruiserweight
Dan Hill defeated Bryce McLachlan via majority decision (38-38, 39-37×2)
Originally published as Justis Huni Vs Joe Goodall live: Glove drama as ‘dirty’ accusations ramp up