World class boxing prospects David Nyika will follow in the footsteps of the great David Tua and showcase their talents to a bumper live.
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David Kieran Nyika (born 7 August 1995) is a New Zealand professional boxer. As an amateur, he won a gold medal at both the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games as well as competing at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships.
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Hamilton, New Zealand
Nyika and Sarah Hirini were the New Zealand flag bearers at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
Nyika gained significant media attention after an incident during the Round of 16 at the 2020 Summer Olympics in which Moroccan boxer Youness Baalla attempted to bite Nyika’s ear.
On July 27, 2021, Nyika won a Round of 16 match against Moroccan Youness Baalla in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics.
In what was described by commentators as a “disgraceful act”, during the third round, Baalla attempted to bite Nyika.
The biting incident overshadowed the competition as New Zealand media reported that it “marred” Nyika’s Olympic debut.
The incident drew comparisons to Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield’s 1997 fight in which Tyson repeatedly bit Holyfield’s ear.
David Nyika news
World class boxing prospects David Nyika and Hemi Ahio will follow in the footsteps of the great David Tua and showcase their talents to a bumper live free-to-air Kiwi television audience in October.
TVNZ is to screen the pair’s clashes on the undercard of the undisputed lightweight championship rematch between Aussie former unified world champion George Kambosos Jr and American current undisputed world champion Devin Haney in Melbourne on October 16 – the first time the national broadcaster has aired live boxing since 2007.
With Olympic bronze medallist Nyika taking another important step on the road to the sport’s big time and undefeated heavyweight knockout artist Ahio out to break into the world rankings – ahead of a blockbuster world title fight – fight fans are in for a rare treat.
The last time a boxing world title fight screened free-to-air in New Zealand was Tua’s unsuccessful tilt against Lennox Lewis in November 2000.
The broadcast was viewed by a record 1.3 million people, which at that time translated into an incredible 82% of all TV viewers – and 200,000 more than watched the royal wedding of Charles and Diana.
David Nyika return
David Nyika has revealed a timeline for his return to the ring from injury, identifying a major date on the boxing calendar as his targetted date.
Nyika and Ahio also fought on the undercard of the first Kambosos-Haney fight last year, won by the latter via an unanimous points decision.
New Zealand fight fans would be able to watch the event free, with TVNZ set to air their first live boxing since 2007.
Nyika was returning to the ring after a hand injury prevented him from going for a third straight Commonwealth Games gold medal in Birmingham in July.
Also a bronze medallist at last year’s Tokyo Olympics, the 26-year-old cruiserweight had so far fashioned a 4-0 record as a professional.
“Everyone knows I am an incredibly proud Kiwi,” Nyika said.
“Boxing can be a lonely sport so stepping into the ring knowing my family, friends and supporters back home will be watching is a huge boost.”
Nyika had been based in Australia since linking up with new trainer, Noel Thornberry.
On 26 January 2021, it was announced that Nyika would make his professional debut against Jesse Maio on the undercard of Joseph Parker vs. Junior Fa at Spark Arena on 27 February 2021.
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The bout would end in strange fashion as following a big right hand landed by Nyika that floored Maio, Maio would protest that the punch landed behind the head.
Despite protestations from Maio that he had been hit behind the head, Nyika was awarded the win just 29 seconds into the opening round.
Following his bronze medal winning performance at the 2020 Summer Olympics Nyika would relocate to Morecambe, England in preparation for his second pro bout and would begin training under former WBO middleweight champion Andy Lee and would train alongside reigning WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and former WBO heavyweight champion Joseph Parker.
He is of Cruiserweight category.
Cruiserweight, also referred to as junior heavyweight, is a weight class in professional boxing between light heavyweight and heavyweight.
|6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
|79 in (201 cm)
Before the advent of the current cruiserweight class, “light heavyweight” and “cruiserweight” were sometimes used interchangeably in the United Kingdom.
The current weight limit for the division is 200 pounds (90.7 kg; 14 st 4.0 lb). When originally established, the weight limit was 190 pounds (86.2 kg; 13 st 8.0 lb).
The division was established in order to accommodate smaller heavyweight boxers who could not compete with the growing size of boxers in that division.
While many great heavyweight champions (such as Rocky Marciano and Joe Louis) weighed around 190 pounds in their career, during the 1970s it became fairly standard that fit heavyweight boxers weighed at least 210 pounds (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb).
He is currently single. He is not dating anyone. We don’t have much information about He’s past relationship and any previous engaged.
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