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Inside the David Tua Camp

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By Ray Wheatley — World of Boxing

Former heavyweight title challenger David Tua (49-3-1, 42 KOs) and his trainer Roger Bloodworth are now well into their preparations for the biggest heavyweight fight to hit New Zealand ever. The big punching Tua is set to face follow contender Shane Cameron (23-1, 20 KOs) on October 3rd at the Pavilion in Hamilton, New Zealand and promoted by Duco Events. Calling the acton at ringside will be
famous fight broadcaster Colonel Bob Sheridan, who has called some of the greatest heavyweight battles of all time including “The Rumble In The Jungle” (Ali vs Foreman) and “The Thrilla In Manila” (Ali vs Frazier). The Colonel is very excited about the Tua vs Cameron bout and gives his take on this upcoming heavyweight battle.

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“The David Tua vs Shane Cameron punch up scheduled for October 3rd, is one of the top boxing attractions in the history of the the sport in New Zealand,” the Colonel told Fightnews, “and I’m very happy the promoters asked me to come down to work the television commentary of the fight. As far as the fight goes, it figures to be very exciting for as long as it continues.

“On paper David Tua thinks he will be able to stop Shane with his big left hook. Shane is an aggressive fighter that comes straight at opponents, however his quality of opponents is not in the same league with the world class Tua. We all remember Tua blasting out the likes of John Ruiz and Michael Moorer. However, this fight will not be fought on paper but rather in a prize ring in Hamilton, New Zealand.

“Who will win? Only a wizard, or perhaps in New Zealand, a hobbit, might know. That’s why there is such an attraction for this fight.

“Let’s take a look at some facts: David Tua, has been off for two years, that’s never good. David is in a financial squeeze that just might motivate him to be in his best possible shape for this fight; that’s good. He hasn’t fought a world class fighter since his draw with Hasim Rahman and that was six-and-a-half years ago. After a two-year layoff the first time, coming back against journeyman Talmadge Griffis was less than impressive and David couldn’t land his lethal left hook on this guy. Since then he’s had knockouts over Eddie Gutierrez, Mo Wheeler and aged Saul Montana and in his last fight two years ago he knocked out Cerrone Fox in two rounds. This cast of characters wouldn’t exactly put the fear of God into the head of any fighter, much less be any kind of a test for a world class fighter like Tua.

“Shane Cameron is a better and stronger fighter than any of these opponents that David took out with ease. Speaking of opponents, Shane handled a litany of decent fighters but none of whom there is any consideration for top-twenty ranking in the likes of Robert Davis, Terry Smith, Kevin Monty and Jonathan Haggler. Two year ago Shane lost to a crafty fighter who has been around, named Friday Ahunanya. Ahunanya, in spite of some recent success, didn’t perform well against some top grade heavyweights like Lance Whitaker, Sultan Ibragimov, and Alexander Povetkin. What can we draw from this? A big nothing. It rarely works out that the history of a fighter’s opponents has any real influence on the fight we are trying to analyze in Hamilton.

“The last time I actually saw Shane Cameron fight was in Laughlin, Nevada when he knocked out Jeff Lindsey in the first round. It was only his third professional fight and it was in 2003. His trainer was Kevin Barry. He was learning to fight and showed he has power. I have followed his career and he’s much improved. I wish he had chosen to stay in the states and fight, but the quality of life in New Zealand is so spectacular, I can hardly disagree with his choices.

“This fight will come down to a couple of things, Shane is younger and quicker. He must avoid all temptations to come straight at David and try to slug with him. The last thing to go on an aged fighter is his power, so David Tua will always be dangerous. This event is massive in New Zealand and David has had the experience of performing on the big stage. His coolness under the pressure could be a factor. For Shane it’s a must win for his career to progress towards a world title shot. In all reality, if Shane beats David, Tua might just as well hang them up.

“So in general the stakes couldn’t be any higher unless there was a world title on the line, but short of that, this fight has all the drama any sports fan could ask for and I can’t wait for October 3, 2009 to witness this match first hand. For New Zealanders, it’s sure to be a fantastic and most memorable night of world class boxing.”

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