Warren Fuiava has arrived back in Samoa via Auckland after winning a six rounds light heavyweight contest by unanimous decision against Lefoumbou Ngoma of the Democratic Republic of Congo in China.
The farmer boy from Fa'ala Palauli and Lalomalava villages in the big island of Savaii in Samoa is quickly building a fan base in New Zealand and recently in China with an impressive performance viewed by 14 million in China on free to air television.
Fuiava's journey from Fa'ala in Samoa to Humili in China involved a marathon of four connecting flights from Samoa via Auckland, Hong Kong, Chendu and Xichang airports in China, a total of twenty two hours on the plane plus four hours drive by bus to reach Humili.
According to respected match maker John Glozier, "There's a lot of interest in China to see Fuiava back, possibly a title fight before the end of this year."
Lawrence Tauasa who is currently training and fighting out of Hong Kong fought on the same card but was unable to repeat Fuiava's winning performance. Tauasa lost to Chauncy Welliver of America by KO in the fourth round of a 12 rounds heavyweight bout.
Fuiava is the second professional boxer from the Event Polynesia stable to impressive promoters and boxing fans in China in the last twelve months. Last year, Pele Faumui also won by unanimous decision against local boxer Mourigen Bater in a six rounds middleweight contest.
Managing Director of Event Polynesia, Pa'u Fereti Puni, however is disappointed that two of the most exciting prospect fighters in New Zealand are left out of the upcoming David Tua verses Monte Barrett card.
According to Puni, "SKY cannot afford to rely on the main event to carry the promotion. Having a good undercard is your safety net."
"We were contacted by SKY in June for Warren Fuiava to fight Daniel McKinnon. Later we were informed Daniel McKinnon will be fighting Maselino Masoe instead."
"Vaitele Soi and Warren Fuiava are available and ready to fight anyone," said Puni.
Vaitele Soi is now ranked number three in the New Zealand cruiserweight division after winning the 2011 Last Man Standing tournament in May, beating former WBO African title holder Mohammed Azzaoui in one of the semi finals and laid claim to beating one of New Zealand's finest fighters - kickboxing legend Shane "Chopper" Chapman in the final.
Soi is currently in Auckland sparring Shane Cameron ahead of Cameron's title challenge in the week-end for the Commonwealth title currently held by Dominic Vea of Australia.
Fuiava is the current Samoa Light Heavyweight champion with an unblemished professional record of 14 fights, 14 wins, 4 by way of knock out. His last KO performance was in June with a fifth-round knockout of Anthony Mundine-camp prospect Daniel Baff on the Sonny Bill William's 'Clash for Canterbury' in Auckland.
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