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David Tua Refuses To Help Klitschko in Leapai Camp

By Duncan Johnstone

David Tua has turned down a lucrative offer from world heavyweight boxing champ Wladimir Klitschko to be a sparring partner for his looming title clash with Alex Leapai.

Tua told the Courier Mail newspaper in Australia that he "didn't want to help anyone beat a "Samoan brother".

Leapai is a Samoan-bron fighter who learned his trade in Australia.

He fights Klitschko in Oberhausen, Germany, on April 26.

Tua and Leapai are similar physical specimens, the key factor in Klitschko sounding out Tua.

It would have been tempting for Tua in a monetary sense.

He retired from boxing late last year after losing his latest comeback fight to giant Belarusian Alexander Ustinov.

Leapai was thrilled with Tua's decision.

Tua was his idol growing up and said Tua was an inspiration to young Samoans everywhere.

Tua lost his only world title fight, being out-pointed by Briton Lennox Lewis in Las vegas in 2000. Tua couldn't overcome the physical advantages the massive Lewis had and Leapai faces a similar challenge against Klitschko.

Klitschko has hired Samoan-born Natu Visinia, an unbeaten prospect based in Los Angeles, veteran Florida-based Sherman "Tank'' Williams, from the Bahamas, and two-time British amateur champion Simon Barclay as his sparring partners.

Leapai starts sparring in Sydney next week.

He will train with former rugby league star Solomon Haumono, ex-WBO title challenger Kali Meehan, former Aussie champ Michael Kirby and former Penrith Panthers junior Bowie Tupou.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Foreign Soil on 03-07-2014

Will Tua be ringside crying as Leapai gets pummeled by the same jab he got pummeled with against Lewis?

Comment by FightingWords on 03-07-2014

Wlad doesn't need a sparring partner for this. Just put a picture of Leapai face on a punching bag and there you go...

Comment by jbpanama on 03-07-2014

[QUOTE=jreckoning;14301353]I don't see it that way. He said he retired. Good for him. Most boxers go on too long for their own good anyways. No use risking further damage especially if your heart is not in it.[/QUOTE] Class Move, Tua…

Comment by beez721 on 03-07-2014

[QUOTE=LacedUp;14300972]Nevertheless, they stand to be true. If you can't handle other people's opinion, than maybe you should log off.[/QUOTE] povetkin bein a cruiserweight and haye's broken toe excuse was a bit ridiculous. that was an ugly but good win on…

Comment by Pacquiaotard86 on 03-07-2014

What a honourable gesture, Somoa isn't a big country and he has a national obligation to help his nations endeavours in this lucrative art called boxing.

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