|Real name||Afioga Polataivao|
|Nickname(s)||Brown Hawk, King Pola|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Died||December 19, 2005|
|Wins by KO||52|
Polataivao Fosi Schmidt (1933–2005) is the former Minister of Labor for Samoa. He was a member of the Human Rights Protection Party. His mother was from Safune and his father from Safotu village on the island of Savai'i. Also, he was the heavyweight boxing champion of Samoa, and scored over 80 knockouts victories in both amateur and professional boxing.
Fosi Schmidt (some sources list Fossi Schmidt) developed a keen interest in boxing from watching members of the United States military forces training in Australia during World War II. After compiling an undefeated amateur record of 32-0-0, 32 knockouts, Schmidt decided to become a professional boxer in 1952.
Schmidt ran up an impressive string of knockouts on the Samoan Islands and won the Samoan Heavyweight Boxing Championship. Schmidt said he trained on a diet of coconuts, coconut milk, and taro (similar to a potato) to give him his power.
On February 10, 1954, in Leififi on the Samoan Islands, Schmidt was sparring with local police constable Vaipou Ainu'u; an amateur heavyweight boxer. The two were training in a ring at the local police station when Schmidt knocked Ainu'u down. Ainu'u's head struck the ring floor and efforts to revive him failed. The 35 year old Ainu'u died on the way to the hospital. Schmidt was greatly disturbed by Ainu'u's death, but realized it was a terrible accident, and he continued on with his career.
After going 47-0-0, 47 knockouts on the Samoan Islands, Schmidt traveled to Australia to continue his boxing training and career. After three consecutive knockouts in Australia, he became a headliner in the Australian newspapers.
Schmidt was dubbed the "Samoan Sensation" and appeared on the cover of the October 1954 issue of Australian Ring Digest. In October 1954, world lightheavyweight champion Archie Moore was touring Australia and a bout with Schmidt was purposed, but never happened.
The 1955 Ring Record Book credited Schmidt with scoring 50 consecutive knockouts, including knockouts over Tauso M'U KO 2 rounds, Fetuao KO 1 round, Lini KO 2 rounds, Loie KO 3 rounds, Viane KO 1 round, Enesi KO 2 rounds, Pili KO 2 rounds, Silipa KO 2 rounds, Filipo KO 2 rounds, Sefo KO 1 round and KO 2 rounds, Iefata KO 4 rounds.
Schmidt's undefeated knockout streak was ended when he lost to Fiji heavyweight Henry Bray by 5th round knockout (Source: 1955 Ring Record Book).
On December 8, 1954, Schmidt was knocked out in 3 rounds by Ross Jenkins. Schmidt continued to fight, but never again showed the promise of his earlier undefeated career.
Professional boxing record
|Win||52-2-0||Merv Cobb||KO||1955 Feb 17||8||Australia|
|Win||51-2-0||Steven Zoranich||KO||1955 Jan 24||3||Perth, Australia|
|Loss||50-1-0||Ross Jenkins||KO||1954 Dec 8||3||New South Wales|
|Win||50-0-0||Al McCoy||KO||1954 Oct 07||1||New South Wales|
|Win||49-0-0||Harold Davis||KO||1954 Sep 23||3||New South Wales|
|Win||48-0-0||Jack Dempsey||TKO||1954 Sep 09||2||New South Wales|
|Win||47-0-0||Vaipou Ainu'a||KO||1954 Feb 10||1||Samoan Islands||Ainu'a died of his injuries.|
|Win||35-0-0||Tauso M'U||KO||1954||2||Samoan Islands|
Business and political career
In the early 1960s, Schmidt opened a number of successful trading stations. He also owned and ran the Apollo 11 nightclub in Saleufi. However, in 1964, Schmidt entered politics and was elected to parliament. He became known to his fellow Samoans as "King Pola". Fosi got his start in politics as an MP in the electoral district of Gagaifomauga Number 3. He initially won his seat in the 1964 election, by a count of 41 votes to 36, and then was re-elected without opposition in three subsequent elections. He held the seat until 1999, when he was forced to resign due to ill health.
Schmidt served in parliament from 1964-1999, but resigned due to bad health. He was the former Minister of Health, the former Minister of Labour, and the former Minister of Lands and Environment. Schmidt was also a founding member of his country's Human Rights Protection Party.
From 1999-2005, Schmidt underwent dialysis treatment in both New Zealand and Australia. He died on December 19, 2005, of heart failure. He was survived by his wife Ipu, and his son La'auli Leuatea.
- Australian Ring Digest, October 1954: SAMOAN SENSATION-FOSSIE SCHMIDT.
- 1955 Ring Record Book, 1955, page 74: Ring Deaths in 1954.
- 1955 Ring Record Book, 1955, page 833: Record: FOSSI(BROWNHAWK)SCHMIDT.
- 1955 Ring Record Book, 1955, page 733: Record: HENRY BRAY.
- Pacific Magazine, March 1, 2006: People's Briefs: IN MEMORIAM.
- Samoa Newsroom, April 2-April 8, 2006.
- So'o, Asofou. Democracy & Custom in Samoa: An uneasy alliance, IPS Productions (University of the South Pacific), ISBN 982-02-0390-2
- "Samoa’s ruling party has new whip". Radio New Zealand International. April 9, 2006. Retrieved November 3, 2011.