If prime David Tua was active today where would he be in the HW picture?

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  1. vargasfan1985

    vargasfan1985 Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Mar 8, 2008
    He wins a title but not the championship
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  2. Joeywill

    Joeywill Well-Known Member Full Member

    Aug 2, 2021
    He's a contender but loses to
    Good chance Hrgovic as well.

    Tua is one of those fighters that gets very overrated on threads like this because he's an old fighter with power. He's not difficult to outbox as was seen in the Lewis, Byrd, Ike, and Rahman fight before Rahman got hit after the bell.

    He knocks out Dillian Whyte and vs Andy Ruiz probably wins in a 50/50 fight.
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  3. tee_birch

    tee_birch Boxing Addict Full Member

    Jul 6, 2014
    I don’t see AJ beating him. He’d be scared stiff of his power.

    I would also favour him vs Wilder.

    Fury would beat him
  4. SergioJ91

    SergioJ91 Active Member Full Member

    Dec 12, 2021
    Him vs. Ruiz would be a funny fight.
  5. spravedlivylev

    spravedlivylev Well-Known Member banned Full Member

    Nov 17, 2022
    Where does this notion come from that Usyk can be KOd just like that? I've seen this thing popping up when people talk about his hypothetical fights against Wilder, Joyce, even a pillow-fisted Fury, who needed 11 rounds and 150 power punches to stop a walking punching bag Wider, was mentioned as someone who could knock Usyk out.

    How come people haven't learnt yet that Usyk has a granite chin? It's ridiculous really, the guy has never even been knocked down once as a professional, and even as an amateur, only Beterbiev could hurt him - and even that wasn't like a "laying flat on his back" moment, he took a knee to the canvas then promptly recovered. Beterbiev is arguably the hardest puncher in boxing today P4P, and still, it wasn't nearly enough to seriously trouble Usyk, let alone stop him. Briedis and Gassiev are also noted punchers - they have over 40 KO wins between the two of them. Yet, they couldn't even make Usyk flinch once.

    Or there's Joshua, easily the second hardest-hitting active HW. In the 10th round of the rematch, Joshua hit Usyk with a huge, clean right hand. Usyk barely even slowed down, let alone got knocked down or hurt. That shot from Joshua usually puts people to sleep, yet, if anything, Usyk just became even more fierce after Joshua landed it.

    Usyk was never given a count, never even took a knee to the canvas as a professional in a total of 20 fights in the two hardest-hitting divisions. And still, people keep mentioning how this or that fighter knocks Usyk out cold :D Madness. It's like people are not even watching the fights.
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  6. 40ozoe

    40ozoe Member Full Member

    Aug 12, 2022
    A prime David Tua was something special. It wasn't however a prime David Tua that lost to Lennox Lewis but in all fairness the prime version would also have lost.

    Today a prime DT would be koing AJ Usyk and White and losing to Fury, not sure what would happen vs Wilder and I don't know that Hrgovic dude.
  7. Dynamicpuncher

    Dynamicpuncher Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 14, 2022
    An in shape David Tua lost convincingly to Chris Byrd, who was a light hitting defensive Southpaw who does that remind you of ? Aka Usyk. Tua was also outboxed for large periods by the likes of Rahman, Maskaev, etc. He would be frustrated by the likes of Usyk and lose a decision.

    He would have a chance against Wilder, Joshua, though I agree with that. He also sends Whyte to the shadow realm but loses to Fury.
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  8. JunlongXiFan

    JunlongXiFan Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 9, 2020
    I don't think Joshua is the second hardest puncher at HW (ignoring the obvious, definitely does not hit as hard as Zhang, not sure if he hits as hard as Browne, I'd put him behind Dubois on the eye-test) but I basically agree with the rest of your post.
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  9. splatter69

    splatter69 Well-Known Member Full Member

    Aug 4, 2007
    Tua vs Joyce would be a barn burner.

    I got Tua in that one.
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  10. Bubba

    Bubba Tyson was never my friend Full Member

    Jul 19, 2004
    Tua KO's AJ and Parker on the same night.
  11. snake33

    snake33 Active Member Full Member

    Jan 4, 2010
    If David Tua had the right trainer who taught him to work the body and throw right hands
    as well as left hooks, he'd clean out the division. Watch the Moorer fight, he went to the
    body and set up the left hook. He'd still get blowouts like Ruiz but he'd be even more
    dangerous if he had more going on.
  12. Joeywill

    Joeywill Well-Known Member Full Member

    Aug 2, 2021
    I don't
  13. 40ozoe

    40ozoe Member Full Member

    Aug 12, 2022
    Cherrypicking lame facts is not nice. After the second Hashim Rahman fight Tua's magic was simply gone. Have whatever opinion you want but don't be throwing around lame facts as proof of it's validity.
  14. Dynamicpuncher

    Dynamicpuncher Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 14, 2022
    What lame facts ? he was outboxed by Maskaev for 10 rounds in his "prime". Rahman outboxed Tua for large periods in their 1st meeting in his "prime" until Tua hit him after the bell, and then got a highly dubious early stoppage in the 10th round.

    Tua had very dangerous power which could bail him out in a fight which it did a few times, but he could and has been outboxed in fights. And yes i would heavily favour Usyk to outbox Tua over 12 rounds.
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  15. turbotime

    turbotime Hall Of Famer Full Member

    May 4, 2012
    Top 10 for sure, not higher imo, too slow a foot.
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