Tua feels victory was fully deserved

BY DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 07:51 01/04/2010
HAMISH COLEMAN-ROSS/Stuff.co.nz

It was laughs and smiles all round as Team Tua reflected on their win against Friday Ahunanya.

David Tua
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David Tua enjoys the applause in the ring after defeating Friday Ahunanya by unanimous points decision.
David Tua v Friday Ahunanya
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David Tua weighing in at Sky City for his fight against Friday Ahunanya.

Ahunanya camp claim hometown decision

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David Tua's camp expressed delight with his unanimous points decision win over Friday Ahunanya and scoffed at suggestions from the visitors that the wrong decision had been handed out by the judges

Ahunanya's management claimed they had been robbed by a hometown decision.

That drew a quick response form the victors.

"When is the movie coming out?" Tua's trainer Roger Bloodworth joked about the Ahunanya claim.

"All he tried to do was survive ... picking his spots to run to and take popshots."

Tua said he always felt in control of the fight and the win was fully justified.

"It was a good win for me and I won without a doubt," said Tua, happy with his endurance. "Sometimes you never know till you go the full 12 rounds."

Bloodworth believed the win over the full distance was better than Tua demolishing Ahunanya by a knockout.

"This was exactly the fight David needed ... not just to win it but to win it the way he did is better than a round one knockout."

Bloodworth was happy to concede that Ahunanya had won "a couple of rounds"

The Tua camp aren't interested in a rematch.

"No ... because he didn't come to fight, he came to survive," said Bloodworth believing there was little value for his man in fighting Ahunanya again.

Hopefully it's on to bigger and better things though Tua's global promoter Cedric Kushner provided no answers to who Tua may fight next.

But there was a firm belief that after his long period of inactivity followed by his quick demolition of Shane Camron six months ago that a fight of this length will do him the world of good.

Tua said he believed he had missed an opportunity to knock out Ahunanya in the final round.

"I hit it with a good inside punch," said Tua. "I saw it in his eyes but I was disappointed I slipped."

Bloodworth was happy with the patience Tua had shown, saying to get anxious would have been dangerous against a fight of Ahunanya's style and ability.

Tua admitted he had got frustrated at times by the big Nigerian.

"Without a doubt ... he had a good game plan and he stuck to it."

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