Justis Huni Vs Joe Goodall, boxing 2022: Eddie Hearn tips upset, teases Demsey McKean fight, Matchroom, Brock Jarvis Vs Liam Paro

One of the world’s biggest boxing promoters Eddie Hearn has had his say on Huni Vs Goodall, and teased an even bigger fight for the winner.

Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn has backed Joe Goodall to pull off the upset and dethrone Aussie boxing golden boy Justis Huni in their heavyweight clash on Wednesday night.

While it’s not the only thing he’s doing in Australia, Hearn will be ringside for the Huni Vs Goodall fight, with fellow Australian Demsey McKean (21-0), who is ranked 10th in the WBO and IBF, a potential fight in the future.

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Hearn is also finalizing Matchroom’s first Australian card in September.

He told he was looking to do “four to six shows a year” in Australia, having recruited the likes of Aussie fighters Liam Paro, Brock Jarvis, Skye Nicolson, Ebanie Bridges and McKean to his stable.

However, in the battle of the undefeated heavyweight stars, despite admitting he hasn’t seen much from Goodall, who has six first round KOs in his eight career wins, Hearn, who promotes former world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, backed the Kevin Barry- trained star to pull off the victory.

“I didn’t come to watch the fight but I was pleased to find that it was on,” Hearn said.

“I know Justis Huni from the amateurs and he’s a very, very good talent. I know very little about Goodall, but you only have to have had the meetings I’ve been in the last 24 hours, everyone’s been talking about how good Goodall is. He’s been inactive over the last couple of years but he’s very tough.

“Kevin Barry’s a good trainer, they have him in great shape for this fight as you saw on the scales. And I actually think he’s going to win to be honest with you, I’ve got a sneaky feeling.

“But we will find out how good Justis Huni is. It’s very different when you’re in with a big strong man with small gloves on. If the fight’s still going through 6, 7, 8 rounds, it’s going to get really interesting.

“In terms of talent and pedigree, Huni is levels above Goodall but in terms of ruggedness and toughness, we don’t know.

“It’s great knowing someone’s got talent, but can they swim (in the deep waters)? That’s what we want to see.”

And it’s something Hearn may have more than just a passing interest in due to his relationship with McKean.

Asked if McKean would be up for a fight with the winner of Goodall and Huni, Hearn said the Aussie was up for a “big fight”.

As the winner of Huni and Goodall will likely move into the top 15 in the IBF, WBO and WBC, he would be a massive All-Aussie heavyweight bout.

“Demsey’s going to fight on our September card, maybe against the winner of tomorrow night, maybe against Lucas Browne, which would be another decent fight,” Hearn teased.

But a loss on Wednesday will sting as Goodall even said after Tuesday’s weigh-in that “this is a bit of a do-or-die fight” at 29 years of age.

Even for the 23-year-old Huni, a loss would be a setback.

“It’s a massive blow, to either guy (who loses),” Huni’s promoter Dean Lonergan said.

“There’s a long road back for the loser, a long road back.”

The boxing mogul said the options within the domestic market showed how much the Australian scene had improved.

While Australia is not at the level of Great Britain or the US, Hearn pointed to some positive signs as local fighters were taking risks against their countrymen to move forward.

“It’s important to make domestic fights, the talent pools gonna keep on growing, that’s why I think Goodall Vs Huni is a good fight,” Hearn said.

“We might be making Liam Paro Vs Brock Jarvis. You got 22-0 against 20-0.

“That’s what you want to say that that’s really been a catalyst of growth for boxing in Britain, is by making big domestic fights. And I think that’s what you need to do over here, but obviously you need the talent and the depth to allow you to do that.”

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