David Tua is back
By Ahmed Salem (January 15, 2005)
David Tua
David Tua has announced he will be making his long- awaited return to the ring on March 31st in a ten round contest against American Talmadge Griffis. Griffis has a record of 22-5-3 (14), but most eyes will be set on how Tua, 42-3-1 (37), performs after two years out of the ring. The Samoan powerhouse last saw action against former undisputed champion Hasim Rahman in 2003 when the two heavyweights fought to a draw.

Many fans believe Tua can be the answer to the disastrous state of the heavyweight division, which has currently has four champions, including John Ruiz who Tua knocked out in 19 seconds back in March 1996.

The main worry though for Tua and his loyal legion of fans is his weight. Tua has admitted that he once weighed up to 122kgs, and even though he did not reveal what his ideal weight would be and how far he was from achieving it, he has said he would like to get down to around 106kg-108kg.

"I am in great shape now,” Tua said recently. “I am going to be in even greater shape come fight night.

"Over the years I have experienced camps that are either too short or too long,
and I am a firm believer that I need only seven to eight weeks of really hard workout.

"Mentally, I need to get to get into gear and get my life back because boxing is my life.”

The proof is in the pudding and on March 31st fight fans will have the opportunity to see if the ring rust has really harmed David Tua on his quest to become heavyweight champion of the world.

He certainly has the power, but the real question is will that be enough?
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