Rising Aussie heavyweight Justis Huni under pressure to deliver knockout blow to Arsene Fosso

Justis Huni’s promoter has blasted suggestions Australia’s new heavyweight champion lacks the power to conquer the world as he prepares to face a Cameroon refugee looking to deliver a ‘Hammer’ blow to his career.

Huni will square off against Arsene Fosso at Brisbane’s Fortitude Music Hall on December 3, his first title defence since ‘JPH’ made history by claiming the Australian heavyweight belt in his maiden professional fight three weeks ago.

The 21-year-old destroyed ‘Django’ Opelu, dominating in a seven-round TKO pummelling, but the one criticism of Huni was his inability to deliver the knockout punch as his battered rival wore shot after shot.

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Justis Huni is ready to take on Arsene Fosso in Brisbane next month.Source:News Corp Australia

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Now he faces Fosso (3-0, 3KO), the 114kg man mountain armed with a power-packed right-hand dubbed the “hammer” that has brutally engineered three consecutive stoppages in his professional career.

Huni’s promoter Dean Lonergan believes the Brisbane-born hulk has the potential to win a world title, but to challenge the likes of Tyson Fury, Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder, he is under pressure to drop Fosso.

“People want to see how explosive Justis can be,” said Lonergan, who staged the Jeff Horn-Manny Pacquiao epic at Suncorp Stadium in 2017.

“Django has a chin of granite and he lasted a long time taking a lot of shots from Justis.

“The key for Justis is to sit down on his punches and start hitting harder and I’d like to see Justis knock this guy (Fosso) out within six rounds.

“If he doesn’t, it would be testament to how tough Arsene is.”

Justis Huni dominted Faiga Opelu but couldn’t put him on the canvas.Source:Getty Images

At 37, Fosso has endured greater trauma in life than anything he will confront in the ring against Huni.

Two years ago, he fled after appearing at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, claiming he feared being killed by the Cameroon government for refusing to speak out against gay-and-lesbian friends.

Based in Canberra, Fosso is applying for Australian residency. He supplements boxing with work as a scaffolder, sending money to his wife and children stranded in Cameroon.

Fosso lacks Huni’s speed and technical skill but in the land of the giants, it only takes one punch – and the 190cm slugger has the hammer to drive a nail into the Aussie’s coffin.

“If you talk about power … I am confident,” he said.

“I am training hard every day for this fight.”

Huni, whose dad is aptly named Rocky, scoffed at talk of Fosso’s lethal right hand.

Huni won the national title in his first professional bout.Source:Getty Images

“If he is a bringing a hammer, I will come with a counter strike,” he said.

“What’s a counter to a hammer? That’s what I’m bringing.

“He is not small for sure but I have trained my whole life for this and hopefully there will be fireworks.

“I don’t feel the pressure. I know people out there want to see me lose but I won’t let that happen.

“I’m coming to make a statement.”

Originally published asWhat Aussie sensation must deliver to earn title respect

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