With Justis Huni less than a week away from his next fight, it’s only natural that questions will be asked about the potential links between this fight against Joe Goodall and the shocking drive-by shooting that rocked the boxing star and his family in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Still, all of the wild theories suggesting the shooter was trying to shake Huni off before he entered the ring sound crazy to Goodall.
“I wouldn’t have any idea, I wouldn’t know where to start,” Goodall told Wide World of Sports.
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“I don’t want to speculate, but I don’t think so.
“It’s a pretty crazy thing. I’m glad no one was hurt and the fight is still going on.
“I think all investigations are the business of the police. I was only told about it yesterday, I can’t do without it that much.
“I’m just focused on June 15 and not worried about what’s going on around me. I’m in combat mode in tunnel vision.
“I’m sure it’s hard to deal with, but I’m not thinking of anyone but myself right now.”
Shots fired at a Brisbane drive-by
Speaking to reporters outside his home later in the day, Huni’s father and coach Rocki said he was worried about what the incident could mean, less than a week away. of the fight at the Nissan Arena in Brisbane.
“It could be someone out there who doesn’t want to see Justis succeed, I’m really worried about that,” he said.
“But right now I’m just guessing (why their house was shot down).
“We just have to keep moving forward. It’s less than a week before the fight.
“Justis has been broken, but wants to stay focused…it’s a big fight.”
Shaken but unscathed, Huni still went to training in the morning to complete his final day of fighting against former WBA heavyweight champion Lucas Browne.
After picking up a shock first-round victory over Junior Fa on the George Kambosos card against Devin Haney, the 43-year-old has been called in to help Huni prepare for his first fight since his fight with Paul Gallen last June.
Huni was scheduled to face New Zealand’s Kiki Leutele on May 11, but that fight was canceled when card headliner and world title contender Jai Opetaia suffered a rib injury.
At the start of the year, Huni and his team were ambitiously aiming for seven fights in 2022 but have yet to step into the ring.
Browne told Wide World of Sports the shooting incident would not derail Huni’s preparation if handled properly and the Australian heavyweight champion still had plenty of pop in his punches during Thursday’s session .
“I think it all depends on how everything is handled. If it all goes away quickly, it’ll be fine,” Browne said.
“But if it continues and manifests, it will get worse. The kid is awesome. Judging by the sparring we did yesterday, he was on fire, he doesn’t seem to mind. If they can get under the rug and keep going, they’ll be fine.
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