Tua turns down a sparring role with Klitschko

DUNCAN JOHNSTONE
Last updated 16:26 06/03/2014
David Tua
Getty Images

OUT OF THE RING: David Tua will not help world champion Wladimir Klitschko prepare for his heavyweight bout with Alex Leapai as a sparring partner.

Relevant offers

Other Sports

NFL approves Oakland Raiders' move to Las Vegas Three Enoka brothers and a cousin in NZ Black Sox world softball championship squad Ashburton College's Veronica Wall gets quest for four golds underway at Maadi Cup Boxer Jordan Coe dies of heatstroke in Thailand Kiwi Vicki Wilson takes out prestigious colt starting world title worth $100,000 in Kentucky Christchurch could host a 'scaled down Commonwealth Games' - former NZ chef de mission Bruce Ullrich NZ teen Zoi Sadowski Synnott wins Snowboard World Cup Wyn Masters tops the podium in opening leg of Enduro World Series Samoan Prime Minister indicates financial support for Joseph Parker's WBO title defence in Auckland Bruised, bloodied Olivia Merry stars for Black Sticks in 150th match to inspire 3-2 win over USA

David Tua has turned down a lucrative offer from world heavyweight boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko to be a sparring partner for his looming title clash with Alex Leapai.

Tua told the Courier Mail newspaper in Australia that he "didn't want to help anyone beat a "Samoan brother".

Leapai is a Samoan-bron fighter who learned his trade in Australia.

He fights Klitschko in Oberhausen, Germany, on April 26.

Tua and Leapai are similar physical specimens, the key factor in Klitschko sounding out Tua.

It would have been tempting for Tua in a monetary sense.

He retired from boxing late last year after losing his latest comeback fight to giant Belarusian Alexander Ustinov.

Leapai was thrilled with Tua's decision.

Tua was his idol growing up and said Tua was an inspiration to young Samoans everywhere.

Tua lost his only world title fight, being out-pointed by Briton Lennox Lewis in Las vegas in 2000. Tua couldn't overcome the physical advantages the massive Lewis had and Leapai faces a similar challenge against Klitschko.

Klitschko has hired Samoan-born Natu Visinia, an unbeaten prospect based in Los Angeles, veteran Florida-based Sherman "Tank'' Williams, from the Bahamas, and two-time British amateur champion Simon Barclay as his sparring partners.

Leapai starts sparring in Sydney next week.

He will train with former rugby league star Solomon Haumono, ex-WBO title challenger Kali Meehan, former Aussie champ Michael Kirby and former Penrith Panthers junior Bowie Tupou.

Ad Feedback

- Fairfax Media

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will Shane Cameron beat Kali Meehan on Saturday?

For sure. Cameron will knock him out.

It will be close but I think Cameron on points.

Meehan will knock him out. This is his last fight.

I'm tipping Meehan to win on points.

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content