The pressure was on David Tua to back up his second round knockout over Shane Cameron against Friday "the 13th" Ahunanya last night in Auckland. A win would see him carry on his dream to have a second shot at the World Heavyweight Title, while a loss would leave his future in question.
It was always going to be an interesting fight with both fighters having never been knocked down and both being renowned for being two of the toughest in the business. To go with this Tua has arguably the hardest punch of all time which was going to seriously test Ahunanya's ability to stay on his feet. He has dropped the likes of John Ruiz, Michael Moorer and Oleg Maskaev.
This was going to be no walk in the park for Ahunanya, particularly since the fight was taking place in Tua's own backyard of Auckland, New Zealand.
There was never really a contest as Tua won almost every round. It seemed that Ahunanya was more concerned about staying on his feet and going the distance than he was about winning. Perhaps his plan was to wear Tua down and come in for the kill in the later rounds as he did against Cameron.
Such was Tua's fitness that this plan never unfolded as Tua kept punching for the whole 12 rounds landing several combinations that would have surely dropped almost every other fighter in the Heavyweight division. Although he was disappointed not to knock his opponent out, Tua did say that he came to win every round and that was exactly what he did.
Friday hardly fired a shot other than a jab every now and then, opting instead to stand on the ropes and cover up as Tua laid into his body. This made it completely bizarre that Ahunanya's trainer said after the fight that he thought Friday had won and was robbed.
So where to now for the Tuamanator? There have been rumours that he is looking to schedule a fight with former Heavyweight Champion Hasim Rahman. The two have met twice before with Tua coming out the victor in one and the other being a draw.
This will be another stepping stone in David Tua's quest to have another shot at a world title and to redeem his loss to Lennox Lewis on November 11 2001. Whatever happens we can be sure, the Tuaman is back.
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