Bowie Tupou

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Bowie Tupou
Born Suliasi Tupou Ahio
(1982-08-03) 3 August 1982 (age 34)
Fua'amotu, Tonga
Residence Redfern, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Ethnicity Tongan
Height 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 297.5 lb (135 kg; 21 st 4 lb)
Division Heavyweight
Reach 192 cm (75.6 in)
Style Boxing
Stance Orthodox
Rank 123rd
Years active 2006–present
Professional boxing record
Total 31
Wins 26
By knockout 18
Losses 5
By knockout 4
Draws 0
No contests 0
Other information
Occupation Boxer
Boxing record from BoxRec
last updated on: 28 January 2017

Bowie Tupou (born 3 August 1982, Fua'amotu, Tonga) is an Australian professional boxer.

Tupou has peaked at 13th in the WBO rankings after winning the WBO African title against Hunter Sam in March 2015.[1] Tupou lost the title in August 2015 against Joseph Parker.[2]

Before boxing[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

  • Australia – New South Wales State heavyweight title (262½Ibs)
  • WBO Africa heavyweight title (284½Ibs)

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
31 fights 26 wins 5 losses
By knockout 18 4
By decision 8 1
Draws 0


No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
31 Lose 26–5 United States Julius Long SD 10 7 October 2016 Australia Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia interim WBA Oceania heavyweight title
30 Win 26–4 Australia Hunter Sam TKO 5 (6)
27 February 2016 Australia Darwin’s Convention Centre, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
29 Lose 25–4 New Zealand Joseph Parker KO 1 (12)
1 August 2015 New Zealand Stadium Southland, Invercargill, New Zealand WBAPABA, WBO Oriental & African and vacant WBCOPBF heavyweight titles
28 Win 25–3 Australia Hunter Sam SD 10 27 March 2015 Australia Club Punchbowl, Punchbowl, New South Wales, Australia vacant WBO Africa heavyweight title
27 Win 24–3 United States Nick Guivas TKO 6 (8)
19 March 2014 Australia Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
26 Win 23–3 New Zealand Junior Maletino Iakopo UD 6 20 December 2013 Australia Jupiters Hotel & Casino, Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia
25 Lose 22–3 United States Bryant Jennings TKO 5 (12)
8 December 2012 United States Temple University McGonigle Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA USBA heavyweight title
24 Lose 22–2 United States Malik Scott TKO 8 (8)
8 September 2012 United States Oracle Arena, Oakland, California, USA
23 Win 22–1 United States Donnell Holmes UD 10 17 December 2011 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
22 Win 21–1 Mexico Manuel Quezada KO 7 (10)
14 May 2011 United States Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA
21 Win 20–1 United States Andrew Greeley UD 4 8 April 2011 United States Event Center, Laredo, Texas, USA
20 Win 19–1 Puerto Rico Alexis Mejias RTD 2 (6) 3:00 21 May 2010 United States Capitale, New York, New York, USA
19 Lose 18–1 United States Demetrice King KO 2 (8)
1 August 2009 United States Agua Caliente Casino, Rancho Mirage, California, USA
18 Win 18–0 United States Chris Koval TKO 3 (8)
9 May 2009 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
17 Win 17–0 United States Marcus Rhode TKO 1 (10)
28 March 2009 United States Buffalo Run Casino, Miami, Oklahoma, USA
16 Win 16–0 Mali Cisse Salif UD 6 10 January 2009 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Washington, USA
15 Win 15–0 United States Otis Tisdale TKO 2 (10)
7 June 2018 United States Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
14 Win 14–0 United States Ramon Hayes UD 6 12 April 2008 United States St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida, USA
13 Win 13–0 United States John Clark RTD 4 (6)
22 February 2008 United States Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, California, USA
12 Win 12–0 United States Jason Bergman KO 2 (6)
30 November 2007 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
11 Win 11–0 United States Harvey Jolly KO 2 (6)
5 October 2007 United States Omega Products International, Corona, California, USA
10 Win 10–0 United States John Clark TKO 4 (6) 0:28 7 September 2007 United States Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, California, USA
9 Win 9–0 New Zealand Richard Tutaki KO 3 (6)
10 November 2006 Australia Wyong RSL Club, Wyong, New South Wales, Australia
8 Win 8–0 New Zealand Alex Mene TKO 2 (6)
21 October 2006 Australia Roundhouse, Uni of NSW, Kensington, New South Wales, Australia
7 Win 7–0 Australia Brian Fitzgerald UD 6 8 September 2006 Australia Wyong RSL Club, Wyong, New South Wales, Australia
6 Win 6–0 Thailand Ramba Sithsianboh TKO 1 (6) 1:09 4 August 2006 Australia Croatian Club, Punchbowl, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
5 Win 5–0 New Zealand Terry Tuteru TKO 1 (4) 1:56 14 July 2006 Australia Greek Community Club, Lakemba, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
4 Win 4–0 New Zealand Vai Toevai KO 1 (6) 2:35 9 June 2006 Australia Southport RSL Club, Southport, Queensland, Australia
3 Win 3–0 Australia John Justice KO 1 (8)
12 May 2006 Australia Croatian Club, Punchbowl, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia vacant Australia – New South Wales State heavyweight title
2 Win 2–0 Australia Corey Wainwright KO 1 (6)
24 March 2006 Australia Croatian Club, Punchbowl, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
1 Win 1–0 Australia Brian Fitzgerald MD 6 18 February 2006 Australia Windsor Rugby League Club, South Windsor, New South Wales, Australia Professional debut


  1. ^ "Bowie Tupou's journey from rugby player to taking on NZ heavyweight Joseph Parker". Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Joseph Parker knocks out Bowie Tupou in Invercargill". TVNZ. Retrieved 28 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Bowie Tupou". Boxrec. Retrieved 28 January 2017.