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14 NOVEMBER 2018

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Bowie Tupou walks out on Johnny Lewis

Johnny Lewis (left) with super middleweight Sam Soliman
Johnny Lewis (left) with super middleweight Sam Soliman

By Paul Upham: Sydney heavyweight prospect Bowie Tupou has shocked world champion trainer Johnny Lewis by walking out on him to move to the USA to continue his career. Lewis had been unsuccessful in trying to contact Tupou last week and found out on Monday through a third party that the powerhouse heavyweight had left the country.

"Things like this make you feel very disheartened with the sport," Lewis told SecondsOut on Tuesday.

It appears someone from the USA, possibly connected to the local Church that Tupou donates 10 per cent of his earnings to, convinced the 24 year-old to leave Lewis.

"I wouldn't have stood in Bowie's way if he had an offer to go to the USA," said Lewis. "It's not the boxing work we put in together that upsets me. I had him over to my place for dinner many times and I thought he was a friend. But he wouldn't tell me to my face was he was planning to do."

Friends of Lewis say that Tupou and his wife Georgia even attended the christening of Lewis' new son last year, which has greatly upset the trainer of five professional world champions.

The 187cm, 120kg former concreter from Newtown who was born in Tonga, started working with Lewis at the beginning of 2006 and impressed immediately in sparring with light heavyweight world title contender Paul Briggs at the Sydney University gymnasium. Tupou has won the first nine fights of his career, including seven wins by knockout.

Light heavyweight Danny Green will hold an open training and sparring session for fans this Thursday 11th January 2007 between 11:30am and 1:00pm in Federation Square in the centre of Melbourne. The "Green Machine" faces Paul Murdoch 26-6-1 (16) on 21st January at the State Netball & Hockey Centre in Melbourne on a card by Green Machine Promotions.

33 year-old Green 22-3 (20) will be doing pad work as well as a live sparring session with Daniel Lovett and rising undefeated kickboxing star Jason Tramsek. Several AFL football players including Russell Robertson and Lindsay Gilbee will also be attending.

Paul Upham
Contributing Editor

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