Heavyweight powerhouse David Tua, coming off his sensational 2nd round destruction of Shane Cameron, vows to win the world heavyweight title in 2010. Unfortunately, David had no time to celebrate his great victory, as he spent the days immediately following the bout honoring the loss of his aunt with family and friends in tsunami torn-Samoa. Terena Carr passed shortly before the Cameron bout, a victim of the devastating tsunami that hit Samoa. David has now returned to New Zealand with his wife and children.
Tua, rated #4 by the World Boxing Organization, is best known for his victories by devastating knockouts, most notably against former world champions John Ruiz (KO1), Michael Moorer (KO1), Oleg Maskaev (KO11), and Hasim Rahman (KO10).
Gotham Boxing’s President and Tua’s promoter, Cedric Kushner, said, “I think David is the top heavyweight contender in the world and most certainly the most exciting. All David has to do is stay busy and in 2010 he will get his opportunity to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World”.
Kushner further announced that the newly crowned WBO Asia Pacific and Oriental Champion would make his first defense in January in one of four cities – New York, Honolulu, San Paulo (Brazil), or Berlin (Germany).
Kushner also said from his Manhattan office that he was aware that the media had anticipated that Tua would have a December fight in New Zealand. However, Kushner said with the significant interest abroad in seeing David Tua, “I have decided to have his first defense outside of New Zealand, and then return later in the year”.
Tua was quoted saying, “I love fighting at home. I haven’t done it that often, but I am excited about showing the world what I am capable of doing and as Cedric said, we will definitely be back in New Zealand later in the year. I really believe that my time has come and I will be the World Heavyweight Champion in 2010.”