Paul Gallen vs. Justis Huni Fight Picks & Predictions

Paul Gallen and Justis Huni are set to fight for the Australian heavyweight title at ICC Exhibition Centre on Wednesday.

Gallen has captured the imagination of part-time boxers everywhere with his rise through the ranks. However, he has yet to face a dedicated boxer on the rise and with everything to lose.

If Justis Huni loses for a former rugby league player who is nearing 40 years old, his fledgling career would be over. There is a lot on the line for both fighters, so it’s an intriguing matchup.

We look at the best betting opportunities for punters for Wednesday night’s blockbuster fight.

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Gallen vs. Huni Predictions

Gallen vs. Huni Fight Prediction

Justis Huni has had only four professional fights, which is a negative for this fight. He isn’t battle-hardened like Gallen and his opponents to date have been moderate at best.

According to BoxRec, he has fought in only one two-star fight to date, which was his debut win against Faiga Opelu. It’s hardly inspiring form coming into a fight against a power puncher, and was unable to put away his most recent opponent.

The Queenslander fought Christian Ndzie Tsoye, who is 5-3-2. It was a comfortable unanimous decision (98-92, 99-91, 99-91), but he failed to knock out an opponent who is prime for the taking.

Paul Gallen has yet to face someone as technically promising as Huni. He fought MMA and kickboxing star Mark Hunt before facing a tired Lucas Browne, so the form guides aren’t there.

However, the former Cronulla Sharks star showed good power in knocking out Browne, so there were some positives from the fight. He landed numerous big punches to put down the big man, but Browne’s defence was non-existent.

Huni is better prepared and technically sound, so getting through his guard will be harder. Gallen will need to pace himself instead of looking for a first-round knockout, because the chances of getting Huni on the back foot are slim.

Gallen’s best chance is to work his way into the fight. He has the cardio to push this fight to the middle rounds and he’ll be looking to work the body before landing head shots.

Our biggest concern for Gallen is the massive size difference. He stands at 5’10” with a 70” reach, which pales in comparison to Huni’s 6’4” frame and longer reach.

The State of Origin fight should be packed with explosive moments, but we give the clear edge to Justis Huni. He might be young, but he should protect his unbeaten record against a boxer who has had an easy road to the Australian title fight.

Huni is paying $1.17 to win, which is short. Add him to your multi bets to boost payouts, or take the $1.50 for a KO/TKO finish.

Bet: Justis Huni by KO/TKO @ $1.50Bet @ Sportsbet

Gallen vs. Huni Exotic Betting Picks

There isn’t much value in betting on Huni in head-to-head markets. However, Sportsbet has plenty of exotic betting markets to enjoy.

The 10-round fight isn’t expected to go the distance and this option pays $1.30. It’s worth taking as both fighters would be off their feet at the end of 10 rounds and prime for a knockout.

Punters can get on which round the fight will end and we like Huni to win in Round 6. We give Gallen some credit for his ability, but Huni should pick him apart and land the telling blow in the middle stages. This option pays $8, so for security take Round 7 and Round 8 as saver bets.

You can bet on the total rounds of the fight. The line is set at 5.5, so the Over 5.5 is worth taking. They should take time to get a feel for the fight before throwing power punches.

Bet: Huni by KO in Round 6 @ $8Bet @ Sportsbet

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Daryl Curnow
About the Author: Daryl Curnow

After graduating from the University of Auckland (BA – English), Daryl was thrown into the world of sports and horse racing journalism.
Having worked as a racing journalist for two years, he decided to move into the online world of horse racing and sports writing. After years of honing his craft, Daryl became a professional punter in 2009 – with a focus on horse racing, NRL, AFL, NBA, Rugby, NFL, and US college sports. Daryl’s tips have been featured on various websites around the world before joining the GoBet team. When he’s not working, Daryl tries to avoid making bogeys on the golf course.