Lies, Covid and Scared Run: Star’s Huge Accusation in a Spicy Showdown Prior to Huni’s Return

Joe Goodall has angered his rival Justis Huni by speculating that the Australian heavyweight boxing poster boy postponed their February bout because he was after him.

Australia’s biggest heavyweight fight was set to take place last summer, but the fight was postponed because Huni claimed he had tested positive for Covid twice in so many months.

The 23-year-old’s training camp under Justin Fortune in Los Angeles was cut in half when Huni first tested positive for the virus.

Huni was bedridden and had a fever.

But shortly after returning to Australia in the new year, the up-and-coming Australian heavyweight, whose last fight was a 10-round win over Paul Gallen in Sydney, said he had tested positive again, but symptoms were milder.

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Nevertheless, the fight was postponed and Goodall, who has yet to test positive for Covid-19 along with his camp, smells something strange.

“I think that’s why they postponed it in February,” Goodall said during a showdown with Huni ahead of their fight on June 15 in Brisbane.

“Maybe he is. I don’t know.

“I’m not sure I’ve had Covid twice. I am not sure about that.”

Huni, who had to miss the Olympics last year after having surgery on his hand, said it was just bad luck that bad luck followed him over the past year.

“People can believe what they want, at the end of the day I do mine and they should do them,” he said Main events Ben Damon.

“Everything we’ve done to date is honest work. I’m telling the truth. Why would I lie about having Covid?”

Joe Goodall at Brisbane’s King George Square before his heavyweight fight against Justis Huni. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Goodall, who was based in Las Vegas under Kevin Barry for the past year, then jumped in and said, “Postponing the fight? Because you weren’t prepared.”

A defensive Huni shot back: “I went to America to prepare for it, so I was prepared.”

Unwilling to accept the answer, Goodall again pressed Huni by asking how he had contracted Covid for the second time so soon after his first positive result.

“It’s just a shame I caught him,” said a surprised Huni.

“That’s my question, catching it twice, like, it’s something strange or maybe I just had it and it wasn’t out of my system.”


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Goodall had a different mind, assuming Huni’s body was failing as they raced against the clock to prepare for the fight.

“He’s fresh from injury, so you rush to camp. Maybe he got injured again. Maybe he lowered his immune system, trained too hard and caught Covid twice. I don’t know. But most likely he wasn’t prepared,” Goodall said.

Justis Huni and Joe Goodall compete in open practice at King George Square on June 10, 2022 in Brisbane, Australia. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Huni’s promoter Dean Lonergan laughed off Goodall’s suggestions.

“Of course he had Covid twice,” Lonergan told

“We posted the results on Facebook.

“The Hunis are desperate to win this battle, and to say he’s scared is ridiculous. They have sparred hundreds of rounds.

“Justis is all about it. Hopefully this is just another fight on his journey.

“That said, this is by far his toughest fight. It’s probably the biggest all-Australian heavyweight fight in 100 years, dating back to Jack Johnson and Tommy Burns in 1908 at Rushcutters Bay, where there were no Australians, but it was a pretty big deal. Whoever wins this is on their way.”


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