At the International Convention Centre in Sydney, Justis Huni (5-0, 4 KOs) retained his Australian heavyweight title by knocking out Paul Gallen (11-1-1, 6 KOs).
Huni used the fight as a way to tune-up for the Tokyo Olympics.
The 22-year-old dominated the action until the referee mercifully ending the contest in the tenth round.
Gallen believes that he suffered a broken rib in the second round.
“I’m a competitive person and I wanted to win that fight,” Gallen said to WA Today. “By the sixth or seventh round I wasn’t going to win it, I just wanted to finish it.”
Gallen does have a rematch clause, but there likely won't be any demand for a second encounter due to the one-sided nature.
“I’m not against it,” Gallen said. “That was a good challenge for myself … I’ll weigh it up in the future with what’s going to happen. He knocked me down fair and square, I thought maybe the referee stopped it early but I was never going to win the fight.
“I think he broke my rib in about the second round ... Every time I moved it was clicking. He’s just too fast and he probably punched a little bit harder than I thought he was going to punch. It hurt.
“I wish Justis the best at the Olympics and I hope he can win a gold medal for Australia - maybe we can do it again in a couple of months.”
Gallen was coming in with a lot of steam, after getting big wins over ex-UFC star Mark Hunt and former WBA world champion Lucas Browne.
“A quick shout-out to Gal, he’s an awesome competitor - very tough, very strong. Thank you to him for putting up an awesome challenge,” Huni said.
“He’s very tough. He’s definitely built different. You’re a legend, mate. Good on you. The build-up was good, I enjoyed every step of it. He definitely made it tricky for me with his words but we don’t let that get to us. We come here and do what we need to do.”
“After I accomplish all my amateur dreams and represent Australia at the Olympics, I’ll come back and sit down with my team and definitely change my style into a professional style. Hopefully [I’ll] make you all proud and bring home the gold medal.”