Already high in the Australian boxing history books, Justis Huni could now be the subject of medical journals after appearing to contract Covid-19 for a second time, just days after overcoming his first infection.
The Australian heavyweight champion fell seriously ill with the virus in the United States during his Christmas training camp before finally returning home last Friday after fully recovering and receiving a negative PCR test.
However, after waking up from a post-training nap with body aches at his home in Brisbane on Saturday, he tested positive again.
The latest positive result came several weeks after Huni was initially tested in Los Angeles, but fortunately this infection caused much milder symptoms, prompting speculation that Huni contracted the Delta variant in the US and Omicron on his return trip.
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“I can’t believe my luck to be honest! It’s crazy that I’m positive again, but the good thing is that I’m feeling good this time around – apart from some body aches – so I’ll be back in the gym tomorrow once my self-isolation period is over,” says Huni.
“In the United States the first time I was really, really sick – I couldn’t even move – just turning over in bed was painful and very difficult and it was worse on Christmas Day and Christmas Day. boxing day. Honestly, I probably would have gone to the hospital if I could have gotten out of bed, but I just waited and ended up getting better. Then last week there, I resumed training and I just sweat.
Despite the Covid-19 drama, the heavyweight called his US camp a major success after making technical breakthroughs with Los Angeles-based Australian trainer Justin Fortune.
“It’s amazing what we’ve done in a few weeks and a few training sessions. Some things really clicked there working with Justin and the main one was just how I used my power,” says Huni.
“People always compliment me on my speed after the fight, but with those little tweaks I was making with Justin, they all wanted to talk about how powerful I was – even my jabs were doing damage!”
The 22-year-old plans to return to the United States for a month-long training camp after his next fight with official announcements regarding Huni’s new 2022 schedule to be made in the coming days.
“My hands are feeling really good after the issues I had last year and it’s all fully recovered and now I’m hoping all this virus is behind me so I’m just looking forward to getting back to training and getting better. to get my first full camp since the (Paul) Gallen camp and then have a really big 2022.”