Kiki Toa Leutele keen to make Justis Huni pay: ‘Treated like total s**t’
Justis Huni’s next opponent will head to Brisbane with bad intentions and a chip on his shoulder.
Huni, 23, is due to face Kiwi knockout artist Kiki Toa Leutele at Nissan Arena on November 4.
The pair were scheduled to fight earlier this year on the undercard to Jai Opetaia’s IBF cruiserweight world title bout with Briedis in what would have been a significant opportunity for Leutele.
Several delays to the main event saw organisers take Huni off the card, eventually snubbing Leutele in favour of Joe Goodall.
Leutele and his team haven’t forgotten.
“We had the date all scheduled, coming back and forth for training and then that happened,” Leutele told Sporting News.
“It was frustrating. I was supposed to be the first in line to fight Justis but then they picked someone else.”
Leutele’s trainer Isaac Peach is keen to make the Huni camp pay come fight night.
“At the end of the day, we’ve been treated like total s**t,” Peach said.
“We were meant to fight, they put Goodall ahead of us, the only reason they’re not fighting [Mairis] Briedis is because Briedis doesn’t want to.
“We’ve been treated like crap, we’ve had signed contracts and karma’s a bitch – we’re coming to knock him out.
“They’re the A-side, they’re the glamour side, they’ve got no respect for Kiki whatsoever, he’s been treated like a dog in my eyes and it’s not okay.
“They better be very careful of what’s coming their way on November 4.”
Leutele’s record stands at 8-1-2 with seven knockouts.
That one loss came in his only other fight in Brisbane – a meeting with Aussie southpaw Demsey McKean, currently ranked number 10 in the division with the WBO.
Leutele had McKean hurt in that fight but dropped a one-sided points decision.
Peach believes they’ll need to take the officials out of the equation this time around.
“There’s no chance the Aussie judges are going to give Kiki anything in this fight, we’re well aware of that,” Peach said.
“We’ve been there, we’ve been robbed plenty of times before.
“We don’t really give a s**t about the judges, we’re coming there to knock him out.
“That’s our sole purpose and our sole focus, to knock Justis Huni out.”
Huni’s last outing, his first in nearly a year, was the unanimous decision win over Goodall at Nissan Arena in June.
Goodall attempted to make the fight ugly on that occasion but Huni’s hand speed and ringcraft proved far too good on the night.
Peach is confident Leutele will have the firepower to take the fight to the undefeated Huni.
“Goodall brought nothing. Goodall wasn’t dirty, Goodall was awful,” Peach said.
“I don’t even get what Goodall was doing in that fight, it was embarrassing how bad he was.
“Justis was okay but we’re here to bring it man. This is the hurt game and Kiki is the first guy that is going to bring the hurt.
“We’re coming to hurt him, we’re coming to be brutal and we’ll see if he’s got it, see if he’s actually what they think he is.
“Justis is going to be forced to trade at some point and that’s when we’re going to land our shot.
“Kiki can really punch, we only need to hit him once and we’ve got 30 minutes to do it and it only takes one shot.”