Brisbane, Australia (February 6, 2024) - Unbeaten top heavyweight prospect Justis Huni is set to face off against Kevin Lerena at the Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. This showdown promises to add some excitement to an already star-studded event, featuring Zhilei Zhang's defense of his WBO interim title against Joseph Parker.
Huni, boasting an impressive record of 8-0 with 5 knockouts, has long been earmarked for inclusion in the event. The 24-year-old powerhouse from Brisbane, Australia, showcased his skills with a commanding performance against Andrew Tabiti last October in Cancun, Mexico. However, Huni's journey to this moment was fraught with setbacks, including a torn ligament that forced him to postpone a scheduled bout last June.
For Huni, the 'Knockout Chaos' event marks his second consecutive fight away from home soil, a testament to his readiness to compete on the global stage.
On the other side of the ring stands Kevin Lerena, a seasoned southpaw from South Africa with a record of 30-2 and 14 knockouts to his name. Lerena, aged 31, has his sights set on redemption after a challenging period in his career. Despite a setback against Daniel Dubois in December 2022, Lerena has bounced back with victories over former cruiserweight titlist Ryad Merhy and Senad Gashi.
With a renewed sense of determination, Lerena is ready to test his mettle against Huni in what promises to be a fun bout. His upcoming bout in Riyadh will mark a significant milestone, as it represents his first foray into the Middle Eastern boxing scene.