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Police Investigating Drive-By Shooting At Australian Heavyweight Champion Justis Huni's Home

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Police Investigating Drive-By Shooting At Australian Heavyweight Champion Justis Huni's Home

The home of Australian boxing heavyweight champion Justis Huni was subject to a drive-by shooting in the early hours of Thursday (June 9) morning.

Police are investigating the incident at Huni’s house in Sunnybank Hills which was sprayed with at least five shots. 

Officers were called to the scene after reports of loud noises and vehicles and then returned at 7 am when bullets were discovered to have gone through the front windows of the home.

According to Huni’s media manager, ten people were at home during the time, including a six-month-old baby.

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Credit: Fox Sports News.
Credit: Fox Sports News.

Justis Huni is currently scheduled for a fight next Wednesday (June 15) against the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medalist Joseph Goodall.

Despite the shooting, he says he’ll continue to focus on the upcoming matchup. 

He told reporters: “You get your house shot at, you're going to be a little bit shocked but after it happened we still went to training, we still got the sparring done, so my focus is still at next Wednesday.

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"I'm just thankful that everyone is all good and we are all healthy, no one got hurt."

The fight against Goodall will be Huni’s return to the ring, 12 months since he defeated former NRL star Paul Gallen and maintained his undefeated streak.

Justis and his family were unsure of the motive of the shooting at the home, hoping it wasn’t linked to Huni’s involvement in boxing. 

Huni’s father and trainer, Rocki told The Sydney Morning Herald: “It’s crazy, mate, absolutely crazy. It makes no sense. Pretty random.

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“I’ve got absolutely no idea [if it was targeted]. Those bullet holes went through our lounge room window. It’s crazy because 4 am is about the time my wife [Paula] gets up and sometimes she feeds our granddaughter.

“They would have sat right in the lounge, right on that chair, where the bullets went through.”

The family only noticed something was up when they saw bullet holes in the curtains of their front room and then through the wall, noting it must’ve been a semi-automatic weapon to have travelled so far.

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Huni has held the Australian heavyweight boxing title since 2020 and has a record of 5-0-0 with four knockout wins. 

He went to the 2019 World Championships where he earned a bronze medal in the Super-heavyweight division.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/Justis Huni. Channel Nine news.

Topics: Australia, Boxing, Heavyweight Boxing

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