Longtime former heavyweight contender David Tua announced his retirement in the ring Saturday night following his decision loss to Alexander Ustinov at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand.
“I did the best I could. I don’t know what it is… I actually got myself into great shape, because I believed I could do this and I believed that the fire still burns. But after tonight I’m sad to say my heart’s not in it anymore…I think it’s time for me to try something else. There will be two people at home right now who will be happy with this decision – my mum and dad.
“That’s it for David Tua. I thank the public of New Zealand for their support and the people of the Pacific – your support has been absolutely ‘O for Awesome’ from day one and I couldn’t have done it without your support.
“David Tua left the building tonight. Thank you very much. God bless. I love you New Zealand!”