|Born||Suliasi Tupou Ahio
3 August 1982
|Residence||Redfern, New South Wales, Australia|
|Height||189 cm (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||297.5 lb (135 kg; 21 st 4 lb)|
|Reach||192 cm (75.6 in)|
|Professional boxing record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
Bowie Tupou (born 3 August 1982, Fua'amotu, Tonga) is an Australian professional boxer.
Tupou moved to Mt Druitt at age of 11, then to Newtown, New South Wales when he got married. Before becoming a boxer, Bowie played professional rugby league football in Australia for the Penrith Panthers in the under 21s. In 2001 Tupou was selected to tour New Zealand, which included a game against Southland under-21 in Queenstown. His NRL career never happened due to being sucked into the booze culture and he fell into that trap like many youngsters can. Tupou wife was the first person to suggest boxing as a sport, to help get him back on track and install some discipline in his life.
Early boxing career
He began his boxing career training with Johnny Lewis, Australia’s most well-known boxing coach, having trained Jeff Fenech, Jeff Harding, Virgil Hill and Kostya Tszyu. After only one amateur bout, he knocked out his opponent in the first round. Tupou made his pro debut on 18 February 2006 in South Windsor, New South Wales, Australia, against Brian Fitzgerald. Tupou won the evenly fought battle by a majority decision. Six months later on a rematch with Fitzgerald, Tupou picked up the lightly regarded New South Wales Heavyweight title. At the end of 2006 he settled in Los Angeles where he started training with Justin Fortune at the Pound4Pound Gym.
In 2007 he signed with Gary Shaw and made his U.S. debut on 7 September. In April 2008 he signed with a new coach Jeff Mayweather. He has beaten his first club fighters in Cisse Salif and Ray Hayes. In 2009 he was KOd by club fighter Demetrice King but a 2011 KO of Manuel Quezada and a points win over Donnell Holmes have restored some credibility. Bowie now resides in Las Vegas, NV. In 2012 he was KOd by Malik Scott and Bryant Jennings.
Returning to Australia
When returning to Australia in 2013, Tupou started training with Jeff French. Since that return he had a three win streak with wins over Hunter Sam, Nick Guivas and Junior Maletino Iakopo. After the three wins Tupou received his first major world rankings, ranked 13th in WBO and winning the WBO African title. Five months after winning the title, Tupou suffered forth lose to Joseph Parker.
In 2016, Tupou won his rematch against Hunter Sam after both boxers taking the fight on a weeks notice. Tupou won the fight by TKO. Tupou had its last regional title shot against the tallest boxer in the world, New Zealand American Julius Long. Long won the Interim WBA title by Split Decision, his biggest win of his career. Tupou has not fought since.
Professional boxing titles
- Australia – New South Wales State heavyweight title (262½Ibs)
- WBO Africa heavyweight title (284½Ibs)
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|31 fights||26 wins||5 losses|
|31||Lose||26–5||Julius Long||SD||10||7 October 2016||Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia||interim WBA Oceania heavyweight title|
|30||Win||26–4||Hunter Sam||TKO||5 (6)
|27 February 2016||Darwin’s Convention Centre, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia|
|29||Lose||25–4||Joseph Parker||KO||1 (12)
|1 August 2015||Stadium Southland, Invercargill, New Zealand||WBA – PABA, WBO Oriental & African and vacant WBC – OPBF heavyweight titles|
|28||Win||25–3||Hunter Sam||SD||10||27 March 2015||Club Punchbowl, Punchbowl, New South Wales, Australia||vacant WBO Africa heavyweight title|
|27||Win||24–3||Nick Guivas||TKO||6 (8)
|19 March 2014||Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia|
|26||Win||23–3||Junior Maletino Iakopo||UD||6||20 December 2013||Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia|
|25||Lose||22–3||Bryant Jennings||TKO||5 (12)
|8 December 2012||Temple University McGonigle Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA||USBA heavyweight title|
|24||Lose||22–2||Malik Scott||TKO||8 (8)
|8 September 2012||Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, USA|
|23||Win||22–1||Donnell Holmes||UD||10||17 December 2011||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA|
|22||Win||21–1||Manuel Quezada||KO||7 (10)
|14 May 2011||Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA|
|21||Win||20–1||Andrew Greeley||UD||4||8 April 2011||Event Center, Laredo, Texas, USA|
|20||Win||19–1||Alexis Mejias||RTD||2 (6) 3:00||21 May 2010||Capitale, New York, New York, USA|
|19||Lose||18–1||Demetrice King||KO||2 (8)
|1 August 2009||Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California, USA|
|18||Win||18–0||Chris Koval||TKO||3 (8)
|9 May 2009||Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA|
|17||Win||17–0||Marcus Rhode||TKO||1 (10)
|28 March 2009||Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, USA|
|16||Win||16–0||Cisse Salif||UD||6||10 January 2009||Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, USA|
|15||Win||15–0||Otis Tisdale||TKO||2 (10)
|7 June 2018||Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA|
|14||Win||14–0||Ramon Hayes||UD||6||12 April 2008||St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, USA|
|13||Win||13–0||John Clark||RTD||4 (6)
|22 February 2008||Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California, USA|
|12||Win||12–0||Jason Bergman||KO||2 (6)
|30 November 2007||Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA|
|11||Win||11–0||Harvey Jolly||KO||2 (6)
|5 October 2007||Omega Products International, Corona, California, USA|
|10||Win||10–0||John Clark||TKO||4 (6) 0:28||7 September 2007||Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA|
|9||Win||9–0||Richard Tutaki||KO||3 (6)
|10 November 2006||Wyong RSL Club, Wyong, New South Wales, Australia|
|8||Win||8–0||Alex Mene||TKO||2 (6)
|21 October 2006||Roundhouse, Uni of NSW, Kensington, New South Wales, Australia|
|7||Win||7–0||Brian Fitzgerald||UD||6||8 September 2006||Wyong RSL Club, Wyong, New South Wales, Australia|
|6||Win||6–0||Ramba Sithsianboh||TKO||1 (6) 1:09||4 August 2006||Croatian Club, Punchbowl, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|5||Win||5–0||Terry Tuteru||TKO||1 (4) 1:56||14 July 2006||Greek Community Club, Lakemba, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|4||Win||4–0||Vai Toevai||KO||1 (6) 2:35||9 June 2006||Southport RSL Club, Southport, Queensland, Australia|
|3||Win||3–0||John Justice||KO||1 (8)
|12 May 2006||Croatian Club, Punchbowl, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia||vacant Australia – New South Wales State heavyweight title|
|2||Win||2–0||Corey Wainwright||KO||1 (6)
|24 March 2006||Croatian Club, Punchbowl, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia|
|1||Win||1–0||Brian Fitzgerald||MD||6||18 February 2006||Windsor Rugby League Club, South Windsor, New South Wales, Australia||Professional debut|
- "Bowie Tupou's journey from rugby player to taking on NZ heavyweight Joseph Parker". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
- "Joseph Parker knocks out Bowie Tupou in Invercargill". TVNZ. Retrieved 28 January 2017.
- "Bowie Tupou". Boxrec. Retrieved 28 January 2017.