Heavyweight prospect Justis Huni was viewed as Australia's big hope to win a gold medal at the upcoming Olympic games in Tokyo.
But his Olympic dreams are now over, because the boxer suffered a broken right hand in his most recent fight - and the injury will require surgery.
The Australian Olympic Committee provided confirmation that Huni had withdrawn due to injury.
Huni took a big gamble a few weeks ago, when he picked up a payday of over $200,000 to break down and stop local star Paul Gallen.
The victory raised the 22-year-old's undefeated record to 5 wins with 4 by knockout.
While he raised his profile with the big win, he aggravated a pre-existing injury that derailed his goal to compete in the Olympics.
“He damaged both hands but the left hand was fine. We got away with it just with a needle,” said the boxer's father and trainer, Rocki Huni, to The Guardian. “His right hand didn’t fare so well. I was told by the surgeon that he needs surgery in the tendon. He’d be absolutely shattered to miss the Olympics. It’s just not good.”
Oddly enough, before the fight took place - Gallen had promised to derail Huni's scheduled appearance in the Olympics.
“Their number one concern is the Olympics. That’s their number one concern. Well, I’m here to tell all of them – Justis you’re included – I’m here to do everything I can to make sure that you don’t go to the Olympics,” Gallen said.
“Whether it’s break your jaw, break your face, break your arm, I don’t care what it is. I’m going to bring everything I can to break something in you so that you don’t go to the Olympics. That dream since you’ve been seven years old is going to be f-----.”