David Tua reflects on Hall of Fame induction

Samoan boxing legend David Tua says if he had become the undisputed heavyweight champion, he would’ve lost everything.

20th January, 2022

David Tua reflects on Hall of Fame induction

​Levi Matautia-Morgan - levi.morgan@pmn.co.nz

Samoan boxing legend Faumuina To'aletai Mafaufau David Tua says if he had become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, he would have lost everything.

Tua's admission came as he reflected on his career after he was inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame. He joins other legends in the Hall of Fame such as Shannon Briggs and Cory Spinks.

Back in November 2000, Tua fought and lost to Lennox Lewis for the championship titles. But he admits his life outside the ring would have caught up with him if he had won that fight.

“If I would’ve won the undisputed heavyweight title, I would’ve lost my connection with everything that I’m about.

“I really believe that’s pretty much what was happening behind the scenes with so many other things you know that I couldn’t really understand at the time.”

49-year-old Tua boasts a professional record of 59 wins and five losses, including 43 knockouts.

Despite losing to Lewis, Tua insists he made it to the top of his sport and that he is living proof that reaching your goals can be a reality.

"I went to the top of the mountain, I reached the top of the mountain, I came back respectfully and my advice and what I share when the young ones told me what it was like at the top, I said there are no lions.

“I fought the best of the best and I stood there and nothing happened to me. That's pretty much what it came down to but being acknowledged, that's the greatest thing."

The Florida Boxing Hall of Fame Class of 2021 ceremony will take place in late June in St. Petersburg.

While Tua reflects on his career, he also acknowledges the reality some people in the Pacific community are facing following the eruption of Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai.

The eruption has cut communication lines with locals in Tonga and families here are struggling to find out more information about loved ones.

Tua, most recognised for his Samoan heritage, is also part Tongan and feels the pain many Tongans in New Zealand are going through.

He says prayer is a powerful tool.

"We just got to continue to pray for Tonga and for the wellness of our people back home and gather as much support as we can. Food, water, whatever we can to send back home."