Top boxer Taihia on methamphetamine charges

18:25, Jul 15 2014
DRUG CHARGES: Top Kiwi boxer Adrian Taihia will deny four counts of producing methamphetamine and one each of conspiring to deal and supplying the class-A drug when he appears in court in September.
DRUG CHARGES: Top Kiwi boxer Adrian Taihia will deny four counts of producing methamphetamine and one each of conspiring to deal and supplying the class-A drug when he appears in court in September.

Boxer Adrian Taihia will appear in the Auckland High Court on September 8 charged with manufacturing and supplying methamphetamine.

In what was expected to be a three-week trial, Taihia would deny four counts of producing methamphetamine and one each of conspiring to deal and supplying the class-A drug.

He was also charged with participating in an organised criminal group.

Taihia's lawyer, Peter Winter, said his client had been charged with six others and was currently on bail.

''He is charged with manufacturing and supplying methamphetamine,''

Since 2008, Taihia has won 12 professional fights, lost one and drawn two.

In May the 31-year-old claimed the interim PABA light-heavyweight title with a unanimous decision win on former All Black Va'aiga Tuigamala's card, which was screened on Sky pay-per-view.

He also defended the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association super middleweight title in March.

Taihia's next fight was scheduled for August 23 in Auckland and there was a suggestion plans were being made for him to take on New Zealand's leading light heavyweight, Robert Berridge, on the undercard of Joseph Parker's clash with Sherman Williams in October.

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