Samoan Tua Takes Aim at Lewis

Published July 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Samoan fighter David Tua, the planned next foe for world heavyweight boxing champion Lennox Lewis, returns to the ring Friday against American Robert Daniels. 

Tua, 36-1 with 31 knockouts, is a 40-1 odds makers' favorite to defeat Daniels, 39-4 with one drawn. 

In some betting parlors, there are even money odds Daniels will not last one round. After all, the Samoan fast-knockout flash has won 24 times inside of three rounds and stopped foes in the opening round 14 times. 

Tua matches Lewis' weight at 250 pounds but is seven inches shorter than the 6-foot-5 champion -- making Tua the perfect tuneup for Mike Tyson if that much-discussed fight for Lewis actually comes off despite rival telecast deals.  

Tua is the International Boxing Federation's top-ranked contender. He backed off to allow Lewis to face Evander Holyfield, then watched as a rematch was needed to settle that score. 

"I've paid the cost to be the boss," Tua said. "I've been patient while I've waited for this opportunity. I've been in the back of the bus for a long time." 

"What can you say about Mike Tyson? He's done it all," Tua said. "I would love to fight Tyson, but right now that's not the issue," - (AFP) 


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