Australia’s Olympic boxing team takes a hit as Justis Huni is forced to withdraw and undergo surgery on a broken hand. While Olympic officials are still looking for options for Huni to remain in the Games, the outlook from his team is not so optimistic. Huni broke the news on his Instagram which you can see below.
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The Australian heavyweight was 5-0 with 4 knockouts as an amateur and was poised to make a run in the Tokyo Olympic Games. Making the team, he looked to realize a lifelong dream and compete in the biggest sporting event in the world. But leading into his last fight, Huni had some lingering issues that were only exasperated during that fight. While he won the fight with Christian Tsoye, the bout would cost him more than he gained.
While the first hand was not so badly injured, the right hand would require surgery on the tendon. With that happening, both hands will reportedly go under the knife to repair any issues.
Seeing a young mans dreams ripped from them is heartbreaking. Hunis will likely not get a shot at the Olympics in 2024. The rule states that Olympians must have fewer than 10 professional bouts. While the World Championships in October are still on the table, the Olympics are a completely different accomplishment.
No Justis Huni, what’s left for Australia?
Going into the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games, Justis Huni was a threat for heavyweight gold. Now with his dreams dashed, the Australian team is down to three men for the Games and two women. On the men’s side, Paulo Aokuso, Harry Garside and Alex Winwood will represent Oz boxing. The women will be chasing their first gold with Skye Nicholson and Caitlin Parker in their tournament.
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