By Eugene Carnachan
Heavyweights David the “Tuaminator” Tua (49-3-1, 42 KOs) and Shane “The Mountain Warrior” Cameron (23-1, 20 KOs) met on a prime time New Zealand television show for their first face off in the build up to their October 3rd showdown. An earlier fight was postponed due to a injury sustained in Cameron’s win over journeyman Robert Davis. The gregarious Tua was not his usual humble self and fired off a volley of barbs at the always confident Cameron. Tua called this “strictly business” and said Cameron “calling me out hasn’t shown me the respect I deserve” to which Cameron replied “it happens all the time…that’s what fighters do…if I didn’t, this fight wouldn’t be happening.” Tua emphatically warned “this will be Shane’s last fight…I’m gonna beat him up…hurt him” and to that the “Mountain Warrior” retorted with a terse “not if I have anything to do with it.” It really does look as if the “Tuaminator” is up for this fight and appears a little bent out of shape about being called out by a fellow New Zealander. Tua’s break from the niceties (his entourage actually took Talmadge Griffis to church) during pre-fight build ups are usually known to show he means business. With his vast pedigree in the upper echelons of the world boxing scene, Tua sees himself at the best heavy in Australasia and had he of stayed active to that there would be no question. But after not having fought in two years, the young guns are now calling his name and if tonight’s show of animosity is anything to go by — he doesn’t like it!