Despite being on the verge of headlining his first televised fight card, and defending the Australian heavyweight title, Justis Huni looked like one of the most relaxed people in the room when he weighed in at Fortitude Music Hall in Brisbane on Wednesday.
The easy going 21-year-old was all smiles as he tipped the scales at 108.7kg ahead of his fight with the hard-hitting Arsene Fosso (115.7) on Thursday night.
The pressure and expectation of his keenly anticipated debut in October was gone, and the excitement of a title defence had replaced it.
Huni created history when he won the Australian title in his first professional bout, but it won’t be the last time his name is in the record books.
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The Brisbane-based fighter is one of Australia’s hottest medal favourites ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, and there are already plans in place to position him to fight for a world title over the next few years.
One of several fights in the works for the first half of next year will be against former heavyweight world champion Lucas Browne.
It would be a lot to digest for a fighter with just seven professional rounds to his name, but Huni is taking it all in stride.
“I enjoy the pressure. I’m looking forward to what’s to come next year and tomorrow night,” Huni said.
“I just want to keep the ball rolling into the Olympics.
“We take it one fight at a time, we’re training hard and making sure we get the job done every fight.
“I’m always learning with every fight and every sparring session. I’m just getting better and getting more experience.”
Whereas in the amateurs, Huni could weigh-in and be on his way back to his hotel room within minutes, he admits the bright lights of his debut produced some nerves.
This time around though, he’s lapping it all up.
“There’s not as much nerves this time around, I know what I’m going into,” he said.
“The first fight, there was a lot of hype and cameras and I’d never fought 10 rounds before.
“I know what it’s going to feel like and I’ll be ready for it. I’m loving it and just taking it all in.”