“If Ibeabuchi would of kept his mind right I think he would of been one of the greatest heavies. Unfortunately that didn’t happen” – Cosign. He has that rare mix of boxing skills and power and killer instinct. Everyone thought he’d be intimidated by Tua who was smashing dudes at the time. They also thought Byrd would outbox him. Nope. It’s a shame what happened.Posted March 6, 2014 7:26 pm
leapai, a very very poor version of tua.Posted March 6, 2014 12:23 pm
The tuamernatorPosted March 6, 2014 12:37 am
Swedish Boxing Fan
David Tua threw away the best of his possibilities of his career. Tua had power and a good chin back in the day but he lacked determination and dicipline.
Lennox Lewis out-boxed and out-powered him early to finnish.Posted March 5, 2014 6:45 pm
If Ibeabuchi would of kept his mind right I think he would of been one of the greatest heavies. Unfortunately that didn’t happenPosted March 5, 2014 5:59 pm
Ibeabuchi was the same… In fact better than ever.
Ike was fine for the Byrd fight at 6’3″X247.. Byrd boxed the ears off of Tua but couldn’t even land more punches against Ibeabuchi — and Ike’s shots were 15 times as hard. Ibeabuchi had extremely quick hands and worked Byrd over on the ropes prior to stopping him. It was pretty impressive for a man with only 19 pro fights.
But that was the difference between having 14 fights and 19 fights. Ike was bigger, stronger, and faster for Byrd than for Tua.Posted March 5, 2014 4:04 pm
Tua isn’t really an underachiever. What happened was he fought Ibeabuchi. That took a toll on Tua and Ibeabuchi as he went looney, broke the law and went to jail. After that fight Tua was never the same.Posted March 5, 2014 12:01 pm
Khan’s Cuz Achmed
Was Tua’s height figured at the top of his head or the top of his hair? If his hair was figured in his real height is about 5’4″. #NiceHairDoPosted March 5, 2014 9:52 am
Herron.., “Really takes you into the corner of fights like Tyson/Lewis, and Holyfield/Bowe.”
I didn’t enjoy watching those particular fights… I knew Lewis-Tyson was a mismatch like Lewis-Tua — only worse. I knew Holyfield wasn’t ready for the Bowe fights. He was 205 for their 1st fight and looked incredibly weak. For the 3rd fight he looked lousy in training camp. His sparring partners were kicking his butt just like before his 1st Moorer fight.
The only Bowe fight Ev looked good was the Fan Man fight, but he still looked slow. I thought he lost. Holy looked better for the Tyson fights. He was super confident. After sitting ringside for Tyson-Douglas he always had this idea that Tyson couldn’t box apples. He didn’t think he could lose if he was ready … and he made damned sure he was.Posted March 5, 2014 1:30 am
What was said about Tua?
What was said about Tyson?Posted March 4, 2014 10:16 pm
David Tua is the classic case of an underachiever. He should have won a world title at some point in his careerPosted March 4, 2014 10:16 pm
putting up the press release right nowPosted March 4, 2014 9:10 pm
Joseph Herron thanks for the 411. Yes I’m sure it was frustrating training Tua for that bout. IMO he was tamed after eating a straight right in the early rounds. I remember Shields berating him in the late rounds to go for broke but Tua had this stubborn look that said he’s not going to do a thing but survive. I think after the Ibeabucchi brawl he didn’t want to go in that dark place ever again.Posted March 4, 2014 9:04 pm
LOL…Martin, it’s a subjective art form…that’s why I can’t stand it when some of the lesser experienced internet writers inject their own opinions about the fight in a write-up…I’m going to go off on tonight’s program about it!!
Posted March 4, 2014 8:42 pm
Ah good! It’s something I know many fans have complained about, vis-a-vis certain ESB writers in particular (though obv. I’ll refrain from mentioning any names — just initials: e.g. MC ;-)).
I’ll certainly listen to the programme, though not live this time.
In fact it’s 12.46 am here now. Time for sleep.
Cheers all!Posted March 4, 2014 8:47 pm
LOL…Martin, it’s a subjective art form…that’s why I can’t stand it when some of the lesser experienced internet writers inject their own opinions about the fight in a write-up…I’m going to go off on tonight’s program about it!!Posted March 4, 2014 8:42 pm
I recall a British commentator calling that fight a “clinical masterclass” on Lewis’s part. Well, I guess that’s one way of putting it!Posted March 4, 2014 8:35 pm
Sorry, FA…in case you didn’t know, Ronnie trained Tua for that snoozerPosted March 4, 2014 7:27 pm
Fight Aficionado: “What’s with the random pic of Tua vs Lewis? I was in NYC and got a bunch of friends to watch it at a PPV event the Polo Club was doing in Manhattan. I looked like a jerk for pushing that snorebore fight.”
In the second hour of the program, Ronnie vents his frustrations about that fight and talks about what he thinks happened.
For all die hard boxing fans, it is a very good show that really takes you into the corner of fights like Tyson/Lewis, and Holyfield/BowePosted March 4, 2014 7:27 pm
What’s with the random pic of Tua vs Lewis? I was in NYC and got a bunch of friends to watch it at a PPV event the Polo Club was doing in Manhattan. I looked like a jerk for pushing that snorebore fight.Posted March 4, 2014 7:14 pm