David Tua

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David Tua

David_Tua’s Biography

Tua was born in Apia west of the island of Samoa but his family moved to Mangere in Auckland, New Zealand when he was only 10 years old.


After many amateur fights, Tua played in preparation for the Olympic Games, the 1991 Amateur Boxing World Championship where he reached the semifinals defeated by Felix Savon, thus obtaining the bronze medal.

Tua came to the Olympic Games in Barcelona 1992 to try to win the gold to the world champion and top favorite, Felix Savon. In the second round he faced the Spaniard José Ortega and won by going to the quarterfinals where he fought against the Czech Vojtěch Rückschloss who also won to reach the semifinals. In them he faced David Izonritei and lost by 12: 7 being relegated to the bronze medal. Finally he would win the gold Savon by 14: 1 against Izonritei.


David turned pro in December 1992 after the Olympics and became internationally known for his left-wing punches that ended his fights before the limit.

In its first 22 matches only four rivals held until the end of the fight, giving it a great reputation worldwide. In this way the opportunity came in the next match against John Ruiz (future heavyweight champion). The title in dispute was the WBC International of heavyweights and won Tua in 19 seconds.

His first defense was against Darrol Wilson who won in the first round and the second was against David Izon who won in 12 rounds by K.O. technical, thus winning the rematch for the lost combat in the Olympic Games that relegated him to bronze. His next opponent would be future heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev who also won by K.O. technical in 11 rounds. But his big rise in the rankings was slowed down in his next defense as he lost to Ike Ibeabuchi in 12 rounds in what was a real battle between two fighters who always looked for the K.O.

Five months after the defeat he returned to fight with Jeff Lally, who won in two rounds. His next four bouts were not of great relevance, the last of them, Eric Curry, lasted only 43 seconds, until he fights on December 19, 1998 against future heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman disputing the USBA title, IBF Intercontinental and the eliminator for the IBF title. Tua would win with a K.O. technical after Rahman was winning the scoring fight at all times.

During the year 1999 and 2000 he played another four matches that ended before the third round, these matches were defense of the titles acquired against Gary Bell, Shane Sutcliffe, Obed Sullivan and Robert Daniels . Right after he had a world-class opportunity against champion Lennox Lewis where he would put the IBF, WBC and IBO titles in play. In this fight Tua would clearly lose unanimously to the points against the champion. After that fight Lewis would relinquish the IBF title and Tua would play the eliminatory against Darrell Nicholson who won in six rounds and before Chris Byrd before which he lost again unanimously.

After this defeat he would beat Garing Lane, Fres Oquendo for the NABF title, former heavyweight champion Michael Moorer and Russell Chasteen before the rematch with Hasim Rahman. In this fight the eliminator for the title IBF would be disputed but the result was of tie to the points after which it stopped fighting.

He had problems with his representatives and would not return to the ring again until two years later, on March 31, 2005 but always against low-level rivals. His last fights were made in Utah and Michigan on August 18 and September 7, 2007 against Saul Montana and Cerrone Fox respectively.

In 2003 he was named the 48th greatest puncher of all time by The Ring after fighting in 27 fights and finishing in 23 of them before time.

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