Justis Huni defeats Kiki Leutele in heavyweight thriller in Brisbane

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Justis Huni defeats Kiki Leutele in heavyweight thriller in Brisbane

Justis Huni has improved to 7-0 with a unanimous decision victory over Kiki Leutele in Brisbane on Friday night.

Despite the clear margin on the cards (99-91, 97-93, 98-92), Leutele made it extremely difficult for the local boy, landing some big right hands on the 23-year-old Aussie.

After much pre-fight talk around his power and new style, Huni seemed intent on making a point, standing and trading in the pocket with the powerful Kiwi for the opening few rounds.

“He came to fight, we knew that, he was very well prepared and he came to knock me out,” Huni said after the fight.

“Not only is he a very big puncher, he can take a very big punch as well. Credit to Kiki and his team, thank you for coming over and making this fight happen.”

Both men’s chins and toughness were on display at various times but Huni’s volume and variety of punches saw him control the majority of the fight.

Unfortunately for Huni, his hand issues reappeared, hampering him in the later rounds as struggled with an injury to his right hand.

“It felt the same as when I was fighting Gallen but that’s alright, we’ll take care of it straight away and hopefully get back out there as soon as possible.”

Here’s how it went down.

Justis Huni vs. Kiki Leutele results, updates

Justis Huni def. Kiki Leutele

Via unanimous decision (99-91, 97-93, 98-92)

Follow along with with unofficial scorecard.

Round 10: What a fight! A fitting end to a classic heavyweight clash. Leutele finished strongly and poured the pressure on but Huni handled it well. 98-92 Huni

Round 9: Despite the hand issue, Huni is still throwing his right on occasion. Leutele is fading but is still in the fight. Will need a knockout if he’s to win. 89-82 Huni

Round 8: A clear round for Huni but the Aussie appears to be dealing with an injury to his right hand. Didn’t deter him from keeping the pressure on, doubling and tripling up on the left hand. 79-73 Huni

Round 7: Huni walks into a clean right hand from Leutele to open the round but shakes it off. Huni’s barrage to the body continues as both men trade huge shots in the pocket. A pair of strong chins on display tonight. Another tight round for Huni but Leutele’s power remains a threat. 69-64 Huni

Round 6: This is an incredible fight. Fatigue looking a factor now. Huni goes to the body with success but Leutele won’t go away. Huni lands a big uppercut late on. 59-55 Huni

Round 5: A slight change in tactics from Huni who looks to box and control the distance. Proved successful but Leutele again rallied late to keep him honest. 49-46 Huni

Round 4: Another crazy round in which neither man is taking a backward step. Huni briefly lost his balance but it’s ruled a slip. Close round. Just Huni on our cards. 39-37 Huni

Round 3: Back-and-forth action in a phonebooth here! Huni is proving he can take a shot but he won’t want to eat too many. The local boy probably edges the round with more activity but Leutele lands a big shot right at the end. 29-28 Huni

Round 2: Another three minutes at a frantic pace in which Huni controlled most of the round but was rocked late on. Leutele’s face is bloodied but he’s going nowhere. Huni might be wise to fight at range. 19-19 

Round 1: A busy first round from Huni but Leutele has come to fight. Huni throwing a variety of punches and seemingly happy to fight in close range. 10-9 Huni

Campbell Somerville def. Ben Horn

Via unanimous decision (39-37, 40-37, 40-36)

Somerville emerges victorious after a four-rounder fought at an absolutely ridiculous pace.

Despite a significant reach advantage, Somerville was happy to get in range and brawl with Horn, who was typically tough.

Jerome Pampellone def. Faris Cheavlier

Via unanimous decision (100-90, 99-91 x2)

A strange fight which never really got into gear until the latter stages of the final round.

Chevalier’s elusive style proved a tricky puzzle for Pampellone to solve but the undefeated Kiwi’s higher output got him over the line in a wide points decision.

Clay Waterman def. Mitchell Whitelaw 

Via unanimous decision (58-55, 57-56, 60-55)

Waterman takes out a unanimous decision but Whitelaw made him earn every bit of it.

Whitelaw even put Waterman on his backside in the first round with a stiff jab but the undefeated Waterman showed his skills to come back and get the better of the remainder of the fight.

Benjamin Bommber def. Ankush Hooda

Via majority decision (58-56, 59-55, 57-57)

Bommber edges a narrow points decision after an exciting, back-and-forth contest with Hooda.

The undefeated 20-year-old Bommber started the stronger but Hooda appeared to grow in confidence throughout the bout and made it difficult for his opponent.

Billy Polkinghorn def. Broby Martin

Via third-round TKO

An impressive performance from Polkinghorn on professional debut, looked a class above before stepping it up in round three, dropping Martin with a right uppercut before keeping the pressure on to see the referee step in.

Huni vs. Leutele start time

The broadcast is due to begin at 7pm AEDT (6pm local time).

Expect Huni and Leutele to step into the ring for the main event after 9:30pm, depending on the length of earlier fights.

How to watch Huni vs. Leutele?

Fans with Foxtel or Kayo can watch one of Australia’s best in action for no extra charge.

Huni vs. Leutele isn’t a pay-per-view, meaning fans can get ready for a Friday night featuring some world-class action.

Tune in from 7pm AEDT (6pm local time).

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Who else is fighting? Huni vs Leutele undercard

Justis Huni vs. Kiki Leutele, heavyweight

Ben Horn vs. Campbell Somerville, super-welterweight

Jerome Pampellone vs. Faris Chevalier, light-heavyweight

Clay Waterman vs. Mitchell Whitelaw, light-heavyweight

Benjamin Bommber vs. Ankush Hooda, super-welterweight

Billy Polkinghorn vs. Broby Martin, lightweight


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