So, what does the win warrant Tua? Well, right now, our attention. He’s back on the radar with an exciting win and he deserves another bout, but one of greater significance. No one has ever reproduced David’s dominance over guys like Ruiz and Moorer. Like him or not, he’s probably one of the top 10 heavyweights of the last twenty years and would provide the less experienced contenders of today with a severe test even if he didn’t decapitate them. Odlanier Solis? Johnson? Arreola? David Haye? Anyone willing to take this test?
It’s doubtful we will see Tua-Man make a successful run for the title because, as of now, no one has to fight him. He’s all risk and no reward. To quote Falling Down with Michael Douglas, he’s not "economically viable."
Like Shane Cameron, Tua is not the type of win that takes anyone straight to the title either. Yet, he used to be and could be again if given the right opportunity to land his massive hooks on the chin of anyone in the top 10. Last time I checked, even the man considered number one in the heavyweight division had his detractors due to his brittle beard.
I set my DVR to record W. Klitschko-Chagaev, V. Klitschko-Arreola, and most of the other heavyweight contenders’ bouts of the last year or so. I know a lot of hardcore fans who have done the same. However, if you throw David Tua’s name in front of any number of the heavyweight fighters mentioned among today’s top 10, you’ll find a lot of fight fans gladly canceling their Saturday night plans to sit down and enjoy a contest between the big men of the game.
Last weekend’s Tua Vs Cameron fight is now showing On Demand offerings Click here
October 6, 2009