Boxing - Disney is no 'Dumbo'

Disney Huni makes his professional boxing debut later this month, hoping it will be the start of a long and illustrious career.

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The 21 year-old welterweight only started boxing four years ago in an effort to get some discipline and direction in his life.

Born in Zimbabwe, Huni arrived in England at the age of 11. He lived in Reading as a teenager and it was during his time there that he began to mix with the wrong group.

He could see what road he was going down. After seeing a friend stabbed, Huni decided to make a change. He took up boxing and instantly fell in love with the sport.

Thanks to his African roots, he competed in the Fourth African Cup Boxing Tournament in Gaborone, Botswana in June of last year and is now ready to try his hand in the paid ranks.

“I didn’t start boxing until I was 18,” he said. “I wasn’t a bad lad but a few of the people I hung around with were getting into trouble quite a bit.

“I’d have the odd street fight and could see where things were heading. My friend got stabbed and that changed things for me. I started going to the gym and training and then I just fell into boxing. I love it.

“I began training quite regularly and started having amateur fights. I’ve had 18 in total and I’ve won 12 of them. I got the chance to compete in an amateur tournament in Africa last year, which was great. Now I want to give the pro game a go.”

Huni moved to Smethwick from Reading last year. Living in the Black Country, he was soon introduced to Errol Johnson’s Wednesbury Boxing Academy by former boxer, Hastings Rasani (22-68-5).

Rasani, also from Zimbabwe, was managed by Johnson and felt Huni would be in safe hands. He has spent the last six months preparing for his professional debut and the shackles will be off when he competes on on It’s-A-Bout-Boxing’s ‘New Blood’ show at the Institute in Digbeth, Birmingham, on Friday, 26th April.

“I can’t wait to make my debut,” Huni added. “I think I’ve got a natural talent and I want to see how far it can take me. I’ve been training really hard and I’m ready to prove myself. Hastings has been helping me out and I feel like I’m getting stronger and fitter all the time.

“I’m looking forward to boxing at the Insititute. It will be a great night.”

Midlands Area cruiserweight champion, Chris Keane (9-0) tops the HMV Institute bill. The Walsall fighter will take on an as yet unnamed foreign opponent over six-threes.

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