Justis Huni will ask to have his second mandatory Covid-19 jab after fighting Paul Gallen, having suffered side effects from the first injection that saw him turn around at an airport fearing he had the virus.
Huni is part of Australia’s Olympic boxing team heading to Tokyo in July, and must get two jabs before boarding the plane in July.
However, the Australian heavyweight champion fell ill after his first jab on May 12. Four days later, he made a last-minute decision at Brisbane Airport not to enter the terminal and board his flight to Sydney.
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Justis Huni has two fights scheduled over the next three weeks.Source:Getty Images
“I had a scare from the Covid jab. I had a dead arm, then I got a head cold the weekend of the Magic Round, that knocked me about for a little bit.
“I got a dead arm. It was quite sore.
“And then a few days later I got a head cold. I was supposed to fly down to Sydney, we were driving to the airport but when I got there, we agreed I shouldn’t get on.
“I wasn’t sure what I had, whether it was a cold or Covid, and I definitely didn’t want to get anyone else sick.
“We took control of it pretty quickly and I’m feeling fine now.”
The fight against Paul Gallen will be the biggest of Justis Huni’s pro career.Source:Getty Images
The problem is that Huni (3-0, 3KO) is scheduled to get his second jab 15 days before fighting Gallen in the biggest bout of his professional career.
“I’m supposed to get the second jab on June 1, but we’ve got to make the smart choices going forward,” Huni said.
“We’re going to see if we can move it til after the Gallen fight.
“The first one only knocked me about for a couple of days, I’m not sure if the head cold came from the jab, but it shouldn’t affect me for Tokyo.”
Huni defends his Australian title against Christian Tsoye on Wednesday night at Sydney’s ICC, yet last week did 30 rounds of sparring from Wednesday to Friday.
Huni is part of the Aussie boxing squad for the Tokyo Olympics.Source:Getty Images
“Normally we wouldn’t do this heavy of a load of sparring this close to a fight but this camp, the sparring hasn’t been the best,” Huni said.
“I couldn’t get sparring partners, and then I got sick after the jab, so we’ve had to get the rounds in.”
Huni’s trainer and father, Rocky, said this will not be part of the 22-year-old’s regular routine.
“These are unusual circumstances, with Justis having two fights in three weeks, and the trouble we had getting sparring partners early, so we’ve had to adjust,” Rocky Huni said.
“He was fatigued on Friday after the 10 rounds, so I gave him the weekend off. After this fight on Wednesday, I’ll give him the rest of the week off. We will start again Monday, go hard for a week, and then ease off and taper the following week before we fight Gallen.”
Originally published as‘It knocked me around’: Covid scare floored champ
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