David Tua, the former Heavyweight world title challenger announced his retirement following a 12 round points loss to Alexander Ustinov on Saturday night at the Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, New Zealand.
The much taller and heavier Ustinov improved to 29-1, 21 KO’s with the victory in a fight that he dominated pretty much all the way through. Tua, now 52-5-2, 43 KOs, struggled to get to his opponent and ended up losing a unanimous decision by scores of 19-109, 119-110, 119-108.
After the fight an emotional Tua stated;
“I did the best I could. I don’t know what it is… I actually got myself into great shape, because I believed I could do this and I believed that the fire still burns. But after tonight I’m sad to say my heart’s not in it anymore…I think it’s time for me to try something else. There will be two people at home right now who will be happy with this decision – my mum and dad"
“That’s it for David Tua. I thank the public of New Zealand for their support and the people of the Pacific – your support has been absolutely ‘O for Awesome’ from day one and I couldn’t have done it without your support."
“David Tua left the building tonight. Thank you very much. God bless. I love you New Zealand!”
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