By Ray Wheatley–World of Boxing
WBO #3 David Tua (50-3-1, 43 KOs) is ready for Friday “The 13th” Ahunanya (24-5-3, 13 KOs), who has arrived in Auckland, New Zealand for their March 31st showdown at the Trusts Stadium. Ahunanya is well known to New Zealand fight fans having scored twelfth round stoppage over Kiwi Shane Cameron in 2007. The Las Vegas-based Nigerian scored a ten round decision over Alonzo Butler in his last ring appearance in 2008. Tua stopped Cameron in two rounds in October 2009 in his last ring appearance. The show will be promoted by Cedric Kushner and David Higgins of Duco Events.
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Higgins said, “Friday ‘the 13th’ Ahunanya has now touched down in Auckland for a massive conflict with David Tua in just 10 days time – and if you know Friday’s boxing record, you know this bout is well matched and explosive, from start to finish.”
In the blue corner, the vastly experienced Friday Ahunanya has never been knocked out, ever. He is best known in New Zealand for beating Shane Cameron in 2007. But worldwide, Ahunanya is most respected for his tricky defensive skills and rock solid chin.
“You can be sure, that having fought and sparred with the world’s best, Friday Ahunanya is not afraid of David Tua,” continued Higgins. “In the red corner, David Tua must beat Friday Ahunanya to advance in his quest for the heavyweight world title. Tua has knocked out four world champs; he jointly holds the record for most punches in a heavyweight bout and he is second only to Mike Tyson for most first round knock outs in history. So, like many of the greatest boxing events of all time, this bout can be likened to a bull fight: Tua, the power punching ‘bull,’ versus Friday, the defensively skilled ‘matador.’ They say that styles make fights, and just like Muhammad Ali vs George Foreman, this ‘bull fight’ could go down in history as an all time classic heavyweight clash.”
The David Tua vs Friday Ahunanya will be televised throughout New Zealand on Maori Television network and throughout Australia on Main Event pay-per-view television.