Tua defeats King, looks powerful and impressive
By Eric Thomas: 38-year-old David Tua (52-3-2, 43 KO’s) won an impressive 10 round unanimous decision over Demtrice King (15-20, 13 KO’s) on Saturday night at the TelstraClear Pacific, in Manukau City, New Zealand. The final judges’ scores were 100-91, 100-91 and 100-90. Although Tua was unable to take King out, Tua landed a massive amount of power shots that would have knocked out most heavyweights in the top 10. Tua was throwing with a lot of power and looked good.
A lot of credit has to go to King for showing such a good chin. Tua worked King over with uppercuts, double and triple hooks and huge right hands all night long, yet King was able to take the shots and keep firing back with punch of his own. These weren’t weak punches that King was throwing. Tua took some big shots but walked through them and kept hammering King.
In the 6th round, Tua had King on the ropes and opened up with one of his old trademark flurries, hitting King with some incredibly hard shots that had the crowd screaming. Somehow King was able to take the big punches and fire back with his own. This was perhaps Tua’s best performance in years. He looked like he’s good enough to beat most of the heavyweights in the division. The way Tua fight, I could easily see him beating WBA heavyweight champion David Haye right now. There’s talk of Tua fighting a needless rematch with Monte Barrett next. Tua should forget about that fight and look to go after a top contender. He can’t afford to waste anymore time.