June 23 (Reuters) – Australian heavyweight boxer Justis Huni stated on Wednesday he had withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympics as a result of he wants surgical procedure on his palms following final week’s knockout win over former Nationwide Rugby League participant Paul Gallen.
Huni stated he had initially injured his palms within the lead-up to a Might 26 combat towards Christian Tsoye and anticipated to endure surgical procedure after the Olympics, however he aggravated his accidents within the combat with Gallen.
“Within the Gallen combat nonetheless, I aggravated each palms within the first spherical and my workforce despatched me straight for an MRI after the combat which confirmed our worst fears, that I require an operation ASAP on each palms,” he stated on Fb here.
“It’s with a really heavy coronary heart that I announce that my dream of representing Australia on the Olympics this yr has been shattered.”
Huni, 22, had stated earlier than combating Gallen in a blockbuster bout that earned him greater than $200,000 and likewise raised his profile, that it was a big gamble so near the July 23-Aug. 8 Tokyo Video games.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) stated it was disenchanted over Huni’s withdrawal however understood his resolution.
“That is very unhappy for Justis and for the entire boxing squad going to Tokyo,” Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman stated in a press release.
“From what we perceive given the medical circumstances, that is definitely the proper resolution. He’s a younger man with a giant profession forward of him. To take this damage to Tokyo posed an unacceptable danger to that profession.” (Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru Enhancing by Robert Birsel)