Tua already planning next fight

11:40, Oct 03 2009
Max Alexander "The Great" vs Mensah Moyoyo
MENSAH CLUB: Mensah Moyoyo (left) and Max Alexander 'The Great' fight during the undercard of the David Tua-Shane Cameron "Fight of the Century".
HEAD SHOT: Frank La Porto (left) receives a punch from hometown boy Steve "Chur" Heremia during the David Tua-Shane Cameron "Fight of the Century" undercard at Mystery Creek.
BOXING MAD: 'The Mad Butcher' Peter Leitch watches from ringside during the David Tua-Shane Cameron "Fight of the Century" at Mystery Creek.
FIGHT NIGHT NERVES: David Tua's wife Robina watches from ringside during the David Tua-Shane Cameron "Fight of the Century" at Mystery Creek.
INGA THE SWINGA: Former All Black and David Tua supporter Inga Tuagamala watches from ringside during the David Tua-Shane Cameron "Fight of the Century" at Mystery Creek.
THE MASTER: The master of ceremonies, NZ actor and nephew of the late Sir Howard Morrison, at ringside during the David Tua-Shane Cameron "Fight of the Century" at Mystery Creek.
ON THE NOSE: Lawrence Tuasa lands a left jab on the nose of Daniel Amman during the David Tua-Shane Cameron "Fight of the Century" undercard at Mystery Creek.
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SOUL FEELING: Soulan Pownceby in action against Shane Chapman during the David Tua-Shane Cameron "Fight of the Century" undercard at Mystery Creek.
SWINGING: Colin Wilson swings at John Hopoate in the main bout on the undercard of the David Tua-Shane Cameron "Fight of the Century".
WILSON WINS: Colin Wilson celebrates his knockout win over John Hopoate in the main bout on the undercard of the David Tua-Shane Cameron "Fight of the Century".
LEFT JAB: Former rugby league player-turned-boxer John Hopoate lands a left jab on the chin of Colin Wilson in the main bout on the undercard of the David Tua-Shane Cameron "Fight of the Century".
Tua-Cameron Fight gallery
HITTING OUT: David Tua lands a left hook on the head of opponent Shane Cameron during the first round of the "Fight of the Century" at Mystery Creek.
Tua-Cameron Fight gallery
ON THE ROPES: David Tua has Shane Cameron put against the ropes and lands a right hook during the second round of the "Fight of the Century" at Mystery Creek.
Tua-Cameron Fight gallery
DOWN AND ALMOST OUT: David Tua stands over Shane Cameron after knocking him down late in the first round of their heavyweight bout.
Tua-Cameron Fight gallery
KO WIN: David Tua celebrates his second round knockout of Shane Cameron in the "Fight of the Century" at Mystery Creek.
Tua-Cameron Fight gallery
BETWEEN ROUNDS: Shane Cameron struggles to regroup in his corner between rounds one and two during the "Fight of the Century" at Mystery Creek.
Tua-Cameron Fight gallery
FIGHT OVER: David Tua turns to celebrate with his corner after knocking out Shane Cameron in the "Fight of the Century".
Tua-Cameron Fight gallery
FLOORED: Shane Cameron is knocked to the floor in the first round by David Tua.
JUBILATION: David Tua supporters celebrate his second round knockout of Shane Cameron at Mystery Creek.
LOW BLOW: John Hopoate complains to the referee about being hit below the belt in his bout with Colin Wilson during the "Fight of the Century" undercard.
WOUNDED: Shane Cameron's tells the tale of his heavyweight showdown with David Tua.
BLEEDING AND BEATEN: Blood trickles down the right cheek of Shane Cameron after his second round knockout loss to David Tua at Mystery Creek.
BELTS BABY: David "The Tuamanator" Tua holds the prizes for his knockout win over Shane Cameron.
DONE AND DUSTED: The moment referee Bruce McTavish called the "Fight of the Century" - a knockout win to David Tua, seven seconds into the second round.
HEAD OVER HEELS: Colin Wilson falls to the canvas but recovered to record a knockout win over former rugby league player-turned-boxer John Hopoate during the "Fight of the Century" undercard.

David Tua will fight again before Christmas and could have a crack at a world title by the middle of next year after demolishing Shane Cameron in Hamilton last night.

Tua was back to his trademark best, taking just three minutes and seven seconds to knock out Cameron.

He knocked Cameron over twice in the first round and ripped into him with a furious flurry straight after the bell for the second round that finished proceedings as the crowd erupted in a frenzy, realising they have a deadly serious Tua to entertain them again.

David Tua
BIG WIN: David Tua celebrates his win over Shane Cameron.

Tua's global promoter Cedric Kushner confirmed the schedule he would now take to get Tua fighting for the title for the second time.

He said he would keep Tua busy by fighting again this year and then look at the schedule but he was adamant a title shot would eventuate next year.

"It depends on what other fights are on. We have no one lined up at the moment," he said of Tua's next opponent.

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Hasim Rahman remains on the cards and Tua said he would be willing to have a crack at Lennox Lewis who is rumoured to be thinking of a comeback.

Tua showed his second comeback was no problem and he was now looking for bigger and better things.

"The obvious long-term goal is to have another shot at the world title and hopefully winning," said Tua.

Tua even joked he would hop into the ring with Mike Tyson.

"If the money is right we have a fight. I just need to tape my ears," laughed Tua.

Kushner said the manner of Tua's win wouldn't be prohibitive in finding an opponent.

"You pay them a little more and they stop being scared," said Kushner.

Tua admitted personal overtones fed his fury with Cameron taunting him prefight about his weight, age and his fighting abilities.

Tua answered all of those questions in emphatic fashion.

"Once I have a guy hurt I am going to get him out of there," said Tua who admitted surprise that the fight wasn't stopped after the second knock down late in the first round.

"I came out in the second round and did what I had to do.

"I know there was a lot of pressure on me for this fight. I just had to man-up and do it. It wasn't too bad for a dishwasher."

Tua's trainer Roger Bloodworth revealed that referee Bruce McTavish apologised for the mix-up.

"He had counted to nine and thought the bell had rung. He was asking the officials if that was time and then the bell rang," said Bloodworth.

Kushner was asked if he had seen a more deadly puncher than Tua around the ranks at the moment.

"If there was I haven't seen one ... maybe in the days of Mike Tyson.

"I think what we saw out there was quite extraordinary."

Asked what the American audience would make of that he chuckled: "It would look the same way as what it did to the New Zealand audience."

 

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