Aussie heavyweight boxing champion Justis Huni’s home is hit by five bullets in drive-by shooting


Aussie boxing champ’s home is shot up in frightening drive-by while 10 family members including a BABY were sleeping inside – as his dad describes hearing tyres screeching at 4AM

  • Up to five bullets fired into boxer’s Brisbane home before 7am on Thursday 
  • Huni’s manager said 10 people were inside at the time, including a baby 
  • Fighter’s father heard screeching tyres at 4am outside the home, manager said 

Australian heavyweight boxing champion Justis Huni’s home has been shot up in a drive-by attack in southern Brisbane.

Police are investigating the shooting, in which up to five bullets were fired into the 23-year-old’s home on Goorong Street in Sunnybank Hills, before 7am on Thursday.

No one was hurt by the hail of gunfire, but it is understood there were 10 people home at the time of the attack.

Huni and his father Rocki (left) outside the family home after it was riddled with bullets in a drive-by attack on Thursday morning

The heavyweight (right) is best known for beating NRL star turned boxer Paul Gallen in their 2021 bout

The heavyweight (right) is best known for beating NRL star turned boxer Paul Gallen in their 2021 bout

A police officer is seen collecting evidence outside Huni's Brisbane home

A police officer is seen collecting evidence outside Huni’s Brisbane home 

‘Obviously if you get your house shot up, you’re going to be shocked,’ Huni said on Thursday.

‘The whole household was waking up and we just checked to see if everyone was alright.’

The fighter’s father, Rocki, said the family felt ‘lucky to be alive’ and revealed his wife would usually have been up at the time of the attack.

‘The scary thing is one of the bullets was where my wife sits to feed our grandchild,’ he told Fox Sports.

‘No one was injured, thankfully, but we are all pretty shaken.’ 

‘Justis was at home and there were up to 10 family and relatives in the house, including a young baby,’ his manager Dean Lonergan told the Courier Mail.

Lonergan said he told Huni to call the police, who sent a forensic team and declared the house a crime scene.

‘Rocki [Huni’s father and trainer] heard some screeching of tyres at 4am and some gunshots going off,’ he explained.

Huni's manager Dean Lonergan said the fighter's father heard screeching tyres outside the house at 4am on Thursday

Huni’s manager Dean Lonergan said the fighter’s father heard screeching tyres outside the house at 4am on Thursday

A bullet casing is pictured being catalogued by police outside the fighter's house

A bullet casing is pictured being catalogued by police outside the fighter’s house

‘They didn’t think for one second they would be involved, but they woke up and all of a sudden there is five bullets in their lounge room.’ 

A crime scene has been established as police investigate the shooting. Officers were first called to the scene at 4am after ‘reports of loud noises and vehicles driving off at speed,’ Queensland Police said in a statement.

‘Shortly before 7am officers were called back to the property, where at least five shots were discovered fired into the house. 

Huni has been preparing for a heavyweight bout against Joe Goodall at Brisbane’s Nissan Arena next week, with the winner touted for a potential world-title shot.

Despite the shooting he trained on Thursday morning in preparation for the bout.  

A bullet hole is visible in the wall of Huni's house after the shooting. The fighter says everyone in the house woke up when the shooting occurred

A bullet hole is visible in the wall of Huni’s house after the shooting. The fighter says everyone in the house woke up when the shooting occurred 

Huni (right, with Paul Gallen in the lead-up to their fight) trained on Thursday morning just hours after the shooting took place

Huni (right, with Paul Gallen in the lead-up to their fight) trained on Thursday morning just hours after the shooting took place

The undefeated Australian pair were initially due to fight in February before a second COVID-19 infection for Huni put the event on hold.

Huni, who has won all five of his professional fights, was set to contend for an Olympic medal in Tokyo last year until a hand injury, aggravated in a 10th-round stoppage victory over Paul Gallen in June 2021, ruled him out.

He has not fought since then, contracting COVID-19 during a United States training camp and then falling victim to the virus again on his return to Australia.

Goodall, a Commonwealth Games silver medallist in 2014 and world amateur bronze medallist in 2017, has seven wins and a draw since turning professional in 2018.

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