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David Tua boxer

David Tua image
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 5′ 10″/178cm
Reach 70″/178cm
Debut 1992-12-01
Born 1972-11-21
Nationality New Zealand
Residence Auckland, New Zealand
bouts
59
won
52
lost
5
draw
2
bouts
59
won
52
lost
5
draw
2
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Height 5′ 10″/178cm
Reach 70″/178cm
Debut 1992-12-01
Born 1972-11-21
Nationality New Zealand
Residence Auckland, New Zealand

Mafaufau Tavita Lio Mafaufau Sanerivi Talimatasi (born 21 November 1972), best known as David Tua, is a Samoan New Zealander former professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2013. A highly ranked heavyweight contender for most of his career, Tua was known for his formidable punching power, especially in his left hook; he scored sixteen wins by knockout in the first round, which included knockouts of world heavyweight champions John Ruiz and Michael Moorer within thirty seconds of the first round, as well as late stoppages of world champions Oleg Maskaev and Hasim Rahman. Tua ended his career with a knockout-to-win ratio of 82.6%. In a 2003 article by The Ring magazine, Tua was ranked 48th on a list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Mafaufau Tavita Lio Mafaufau Sanerivi Talimatasi (born 21 November 1972), best known as David Tua, is a Samoan New Zealander former professional boxer who competed from 1992 to 2013. A highly ranked heavyweight contender for most of his career, Tua was known for his formidable punching power, especially in his left hook; he scored sixteen wins by knockout in the first round, which included knockouts of world heavyweight champions John Ruiz and Michael Moorer within thirty seconds of the first round, as well as late stoppages of world champions Oleg Maskaev and Hasim Rahman. Tua ended his career with a knockout-to-win ratio of 82.6%. In a 2003 article by The Ring magazine, Tua was ranked 48th on a list of 100 greatest punchers of all time.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
Nov. 16, 2013 Alexander Ustinov WWWWLW Claudelands Arena, Hamilton LOSS
Unanimous decision
Aug. 13, 2011 Monte Barrett WLLLDD Telstra Clear Events Centre, Manukau City LOSS
Unanimous decision
March 19, 2011 Demetrice King WLLWLL TelstraClear Pacific, Manukau City WIN
Unanimous decision
July 17, 2010 Monte Barrett WWWLLL Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City World Boxing Organisation Asia Pacific Heavyweight

World Boxing Organisation Oriental Heavyweight

DRAW
Majority decision
March 31, 2010 Friday Ahunanya LWWDWW The Trusts Arena, Auckland WIN
Unanimous decision
Oct. 3, 2009 Shane Cameron WLWWWW Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton WIN
KO
Sept. 7, 2007 Cerrone Fox LLLLWL Soaring Eagle Casino, Mount Pleasant WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 18, 2007 Saul Montana WWLWLW South Town Exhibition Center, Sandy WIN
KO
Feb. 22, 2007 Robert Hawkins WWLWLL Roseland Ballroom, New York WIN
Unanimous decision
Nov. 3, 2006 Maurice Wheeler WWLLLL Roseland Ballroom, New York WIN
KO
July 26, 2006 Edward Gutierrez WWWWLL Hammerstein Ballroom, New York WIN
KO
Oct. 21, 2005 Cisse Salif WWLWWW Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Hollywood WIN
Split-decision
March 31, 2005 Talmadge Griffis WLLLWL The Trusts Arena, Auckland WIN
Technical knockout
March 29, 2003 Hasim Rahman WWWWLL Spectrum, Philadelphia DRAW
Split-decision
Nov. 30, 2002 Russell Chasteen LWWWWW Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City WIN
KO
Aug. 17, 2002 Michael Moorer LWWDWW Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City WIN
KO
April 13, 2002 Fres Oquendo WWWWWW Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort, Chester NABF Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 19, 2001 Garing Lane LWWLLW Feather Falls Casino, Oroville WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 18, 2001 Chris Byrd WWWLWW Cox Pavilion, Las Vegas USBA Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
March 23, 2001 Danell Nicholson WWWWWW Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas WIN
KO
Nov. 11, 2000 Lennox Lewis WWDWWW Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas International Boxing Federation World Heavyweight

International Boxing Organization World Heavyweight

World Boxing Council World Heavyweight

LOSS
Unanimous decision
July 21, 2000 Robert Daniels WWWWWL Regent Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas International Boxing Federation Inter-Continental Heavyweight

USBA Heavyweight

WIN
KO
June 3, 2000 Obed Sullivan WWWWLW MGM Grand, Las Vegas International Boxing Federation Inter-Continental Heavyweight

USBA Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Oct. 23, 1999 Shane Sutcliffe WWWLLL MGM Grand, Las Vegas WIN
Technical knockout
July 17, 1999 Gary Bell WLWWWW Caesars Tahoe, Circus Maximus Showroom, Stateline WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 19, 1998 Hasim Rahman WWWWWW Miccosukee Indian Gaming Resort, Miami International Boxing Federation Inter-Continental Heavyweight

USBA Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 26, 1998 Eric Curry WLWLL Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville WIN
Technical knockout
May 30, 1998 Nate Tubbs WWLWWL Convention Center, Atlantic City WIN
KO
April 18, 1998 Cleveland Woods LWLLLL Cow Palace, Daly City WIN
Technical knockout
March 10, 1998 Jeff Wooden WWWLLL National Guard Armory, Pikesville WIN
Majority decision
Nov. 22, 1997 Jeff Lally WWWLLW Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City WIN
Technical knockout
June 7, 1997 Ike Ibeabuchi WWWWWW Arco Arena, Sacramento LOSS
Unanimous decision
April 5, 1997 Oleg Maskaev WLWWWW Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City World Boxing Council International Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 21, 1996 David Izon WWWWWL Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville World Boxing Council International Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Sept. 20, 1996 Darroll Wilson WWDWWW James Knight Convention Center, Miami WIN
KO
July 21, 1996 Anthony Cooks LLWWWW Teamster's Hall, Baltimore WIN
Technical knockout
March 15, 1996 John Ruiz WWWWWW Convention Center, Atlantic City World Boxing Council International Heavyweight

WIN
KO
Jan. 13, 1996 Bruce Bellocchi WWWWLL Ballys Park Place Hotel Casino, Atlantic City WIN
Technical knockout
Aug. 26, 1995 Mauricio Villegas WWLLLL Convention Hall, Atlantic City WIN
Technical knockout
July 15, 1995 Sean Hart WWLWL Caesars Tahoe, Stateline WIN
Unanimous decision
May 20, 1995 Dan Murphy LWLLW Convention Center, Atlantic City WIN
Technical knockout
March 4, 1995 Bruce Bellocchi WWWWWL Convention Center, Atlantic City WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 9, 1994 Cecil Coffee WWWWLL ASB Stadium, Kohimarama WIN
KO
Oct. 1, 1994 Ken Lakusta LDWLWL Scope Arena, Norfolk WIN
KO
Aug. 13, 1994 Everton Davis WWWLWL Aladdin Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
May 7, 1994 Lester Jackson LDWWWL Harrah's Marina Hotel Casino, Atlantic City WIN
Unanimous decision
April 16, 1994 Calvin Jones LLWWLW Caesars Palace, Sports Pavilion, Las Vegas WIN
Corner retirement
Feb. 5, 1994 Bill Corrigan WWWLDL Aladdin Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas WIN
KO
Nov. 26, 1993 Mike Acey LWLLLW ASB Stadium, Kohimarama WIN
KO
Nov. 6, 1993 Krishna Wainwright LWDLL Caesars Palace, Las Vegas WIN
Unanimous decision
Sept. 25, 1993 Rick Honeycutt LDLLLL Mid-Hudson Civic Center, Poughkeepsie WIN
KO
July 10, 1993 Larry Davis LLLWLL Fernwood Resort, Bushkill WIN
KO
June 22, 1993 Bruce Johnson LLLLWL Taj Majal Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City WIN
Technical knockout
May 28, 1993 Willie Washington LLLWL Houston WIN
KO
March 23, 1993 Alfredo Nevarez LL HemisFair Arena, San Antonio WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 27, 1993 Howard Kelly LLLLWL Showboat Hotel & Casino, Atlantic City WIN
Technical knockout
Feb. 6, 1993 Lazaro Almanza LL Madison Square Garden, New York WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 15, 1992 Lorenzo Poole L Foxwoods Resort, Mashantucket WIN
KO
Dec. 1, 1992 Ron Humes WLLLLW Pavilion Convention Center, Virginia Beach WIN
KO