David Tua's opponent has big weight advantage

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 13:42 18/03/2011
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Grahame Cox
WEIGH IN: David Tua and his opponent Demetrice King.
David Tua and his opponent Demetrice King.
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REAL HEAVYWEIGHT: Demetrice King (right) will have a big weight advantage when he boxes New Zealand David Tua (left).

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David Tua will give away a big weight advantage in his fight with American Demetrice King after the two heavyweights weighed in at the fight venue in Manukau today.

Tua tipped the scales at 112.8kg while King showed he is a heavyweight in the true sense of the term, weighing in at 124.6kg.

As predicted Tua has put on weight since his last fight that ended in a controversial draw against American Monte Barrett in New Jersey eight months ago. Tua was 107.7kg for that fight.

The Kiwi-Samoan has bulked up for this clash but looked in good order and will be hoping it hasn't affected his mobility. That's an area he has worked hard on under new trainer Chris Martin.

King weighed 125.6kg for his last fight against fellow American Tor Hamer last December. King lost that fight by a unanimous points decision over eight rounds.

King's trainer Karlin Reyes promised an aggressive approach from his boxer.

"We have come here to take it to David Tua … Demetrice has come here to bang. This should be a good fight," Reyes said.

Tua is not putting his WBO belts on the line for this fight which will be contested over 10 rounds. But his reputation is very much at risk.

He needs to win and win well to reignite his world title dreams. Tua has a record of 51 wins (43Kos), three losses and two draws.

King comes to New Zealand with 34 fights under his belt. He has won 15 of them (13 by KO) and 19 losses (two by KO).

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