Highlights of a hard-knock life:
● 19sec win over John Ruiz in 1996.
● Setting a world record with Ike Ibeabuchi for the most punches thrown in a heavyweight fight (1730). The close points loss in 1997 was Tua’s first defeat.
● 10th-round TKO win over the previously undefeated Hasim Rahman in 1998. Tua was behind on all three cards at the time.
● Another late KO over the previously undefeated Fres Oquendo in 2002.
● 30sec KO of former world heavyweight champion Michael Moorer in 2002. This time his right hand does the damage. “That’s what makes David Tua, David Tua,” said the TV commentator.
● Knocking out Kiwi Shane Cameron in the second round in 2009 — a fight which still ranks as the most popular pay per view event in New Zealand.
● Going 12 rounds with the undisputed world champion Lennox Lewis in 2000.