Huni took the opportunity to turn pro, and wants to become Australia’s first Olympic gold medallist in the sport.
Huni is one of eight athletes in camp with Boxing Australia at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra this week preparing for the postponed Tokyo Olympics in July. It’s a squad that Commonwealth Games gold medallist Skye Nicholson believes could yield Australian boxing’s best ever Olympic results.
ust 21, Huni is one of the brightest prospects in Australian boxing and won the national heavyweight title in his debut professional bout in October. Many tip he is on track to fight for a world heavyweight title, but Huni said his primary motivation to turn professional last year was to sharpen his skills ahead of his Olympic debut in Tokyo.
“A gold medal [at the Olympics], that’s what I’ve been training for and that’s what I’ve been dreamed of my whole life since I started my amateur career. I don’t want to leave with anything less than a gold medal,” Huni said.