Kevin Barry: Trainer thinks Joseph Parker's chances better than David Tua's wereWritten by Leroy Cleveland
This weekend, a fighter trained by Kevin Barry will again try to win the heavyweight title.
Kiwi Joseph Parker will face consensus champion Anthony Joshua.
Eighteen years ago, Barry-trained David Tua lost a one-sided unanimous decision to Lennox Lewis and the odds suggest history is about to repeat itself.
But, not so fast. The 58 year old Barry insists he's a better trainer than he was in 2000 and seems to think Parker's chances are better than Tua's were.
“Lennox Lewis was a great fighter, the best of that era, and was far too skillful for Tua. I was also far less experienced,” Barry told Telegraph Sport last weekend.
“We fancied our chances of Tua catching Lewis and knocking him out because Tua had uncommon power. Even when you talk about the greatest punchers of all time, you have to have Tua in that group.”
Known for having one of the most devastating left hooks in the history of the sport, Tua fought some of boxing's best. Dubbed 'The Tuamanator' early in his career, David had knockout victories over former world champions Michael Moorer, Hasim Rahman, Oleg Maskaev, and John Ruiz. Moreover, he KO'd Ruiz and Moorer in 19 and 40 seconds, respectively.
David Tua Facts
- At 19, Tua won a Bronze Medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics
- Was never KO'd.
- KO'd 4 former World Champions: John Ruiz, Hasim Rahman, Michael Moorer and Oleg Maskaev.
- In his 1997 fight with Ike Ibeabuchi, the two fighters combined to throw 1,730 punches - the most ever in a heavyweight fight on record.
Tua's Most Significant Wins
- KO 2 Shane Cameron (2009)
- KO 1 Michael Moorer (2002)
- TKO 9 Fres Oquendo (2002)
- TKO 6 Darnell Nicholson (2001)
- TKO 10 Hasim Rahman (1998)
- TKO 11 Oleg Maskaev (1997)
- TKO 12 David Izon (1996)
- KO-1 John Ruiz (1996)
“There was no Plan B. When he was unable to land his knockout left hook, he was lost. The occasion got to him. He bought into the hype a little bit. I was also far less experienced then myself.”
“The difference here in this fight is that Joshua is no Lennox Lewis. They were both Olympic gold medallists, of course, and you can’t win one of them without a degree of skill. But I don’t think he’s a Lennox Lewis. He might turn out to be better than Lennox Lewis but right now you can’t compare the two.”
“Joseph has always looked at his best when fighters come to him. We know Joshua will not be moving backwards."
“That’s another thing that excites us about this fight. We will have him coming on to Parker’s power."