David Tua Returns March 31

29.03.05 - Former No. 1 heavyweight contender David Tua of Western Samoa returns to the ring for the first time in more than two years when he faces American Talmadge Griffis in the 10-round main event on a pay-per-view card presented by Cedric Kushner Promotions March 31 in Auckland, New Zealand. “I had a terrific camp,” said the 32-year-old Tua, whose relentless style and devastating power made him the most feared slugger in the sport.

“I trained in a very sensible fashion in order to lose gradually the weight I put on during my time off,” said Tua, who has a record of 42-3-1 with 37 knockouts.

The 30-year-old Griffis, from Colorado Springs, Colo., has a record of 22-5-3 with 14 knockouts and is considered a much tougher foe than usual for a contender who has been off for two years.

“I know I took a long time off,” said Tua, “but when I got back in the ring I wanted to be sure I was 100 percent both physically and mentally.”

Griffis is fighting with trainer Krishna Wainwright in his corner, a man who knows Tua well. Wainwright fought Tua on the 1993 Evander Holyfield-Riddick Bowe card at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas that was interrupted when the “Fan Man” landed in the ring during the championship main event.

“This is a golden opportunity,” said Griffis. “I plan to take advantage of the fact that David has been off for two years. I know what a win over a fighter like Tua will do in terms of boosting my career.”

Tua has wins over current WBA heavyweight champion John Ruiz and former WBC and IBF heavyweight champ Hasim Rahman, who is scheduled to meet current WBC heavyweight title-holder Vitali Klitschko.

Article posted on 29.03.2005

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