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Old 06-07-2012, 06:55 AM   #16
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Geoff,,

After 'Young Sekona' was 'upset' (L KO 6) by Mike Weaver (November 1976),
he went back to New Zealand, completely disheartened.

He blew a 'big money bout', a 'World Ranking' and a 'Saturday Afternoon National Television bout'.

He was never the same again.
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Old 06-07-2012, 07:04 PM   #17
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Whatever Happened To Young Sekona?

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[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]One of my favourite fighters in the 1970's was the big Tongan swinger Fonomanu Sekona. He was known as "Young" Sekona because his Christian name was a bit of a handful and the sportswriters never spelt it correctly. I recently caught up with the big Tongan at his house in Mangere, Auckland.
"Young" Sekona was brought out from Tonga by the South Pacific Boxing Association in 1975 and he certainly packed the houses for them.
He had already had 9 professional matches in Fiji and Tonga by that stage, after a very good amateur record. He won silver for Tonga at the South Pacific Games in Papua, New Guinea.
The promoters soon changed his name from Fonomanu and he was always known as "Young" Sekona.
He was very fast in the ring and the promoters had hopes of him emulating The Tongan Torpedo, Kitione Lave - big heavyweight star of the 1950's out here. He didn't quite reach the heights of Kitione Lave, who went on to record some big wins in Europe--but he did very well in New Zealand to become a top drawcard for the S.P B.A. from the mid 70's.
[Only registered and activated users can see links. ]He beat some tough ones in Charlie Dunn, Tommy Mears, England, George Jerome, Canada, Maile Haumona, another Tongan, tough Mani Vaka, Randy Stevens, U.S.A. Hartmut Sasse, German Champion. His first loss came in a big outdoor promotion at Carlaw Park, when he faced the Jamaican born Englishman Bunny Johnson, who had a great record and was British and Commonwealth Champion. Johnson caught Sekona in the second with a beautiful left hook and it was all over, ending his unbeaten record.
Sekona lived in Hawaii for a short time and fought there as well as mainland U.S.A. He lost in The United States to Mike Weaver, who at one stage was a top rated fighter. His other losses were to top fighters Tony Moore, a top rated British contender and to tough as teak Aussie fighter Steve Aczel.
Fonomanu Sekona certainly made big waves here in the 1970's and today he leads a quiet life in South Auckland. He doesn't go to the fights any more as his eyes are not so good.
In over 30 fights he lost only 4. Today he stays in shape and looks pretty good.


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Nicely done Mr. Bugger

I believe he moved to Hawaii in early 1976, to get more boxing experience and better sparring,
to help him move up to the next level.

His 'biggest' win, his Knock-out (KO 1) over 'hard-punching' Larry Frazier in Hawaii in September 1976.
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A common opponent of Fonomanu 'Young Sekona' and Larry Holmes.

Hawaii State Heavyweight Champion,,,,,,,,Charlie James

August 26, 1975
Larry Holmes 15-0-0 (11 KO's) (Age 25 1/2) and a 'skinny' 209 lbs. -pitches a
virtual shut-out over the 6' 1", 28 year-old 186 lb. Charlie James 22-5-1 (8 KO's),
in a Honolulu, Hawaii 10-Round Heavyweight. bout.

Though the bout was 'shut-out' win for Larry Holmes, he was 'not' overly impressive
in defeating a fighter he out-weighed by 23 lbs.


July 23, 1976
Fonomanu 'Young Sekona' 32-1-0 (19 KO's) (Age 24 1/2) at a 'muscular' 205 lbs. pounds away,
and wins a 'sound and convincing' 10-Round Decision over the 6' 1", 29 year-old 191 lb.
Charlie James 24-6-1 (9 KO's), in a Honolulu, Hawaii Heavyweight bout.

Young Sekona, fights aggressively early, and staggers Charlie James several times with hard
right hand hooks. Unable to put the 'swift-footed and durable' Hawaii Heavyweight Champion away,
'Young Sekona' goes to a boxing strategy in Round 5, and sweeps 4 of the last 6 rounds, to win
by a Scorecard of 8-2-0.

Years later, Charlie James, stated; 'Larry Holmes was so very fast, I just couldn't touch him
with anything. I knew he would become the Heavyweight Champion of the World someday.'

Charlie James on Fonomanu 'Young Sekona'; 'The strongest guy I have ever been in the ring
with, bar none. I thought he was going to break my arms.'

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