John Conway (boxer)

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John Conway
BornJohn Conway
(1968-03-08) 8 March 1968 (age 51)
Other namesThe Rebel
ResidenceAuckland, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
Weight78.8 kg (174 lb; 12 st 6 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
TrainerLollo Heimuli
Peter Flynn
Tojo Dixion
Years active1999–2003, 2011
Professional boxing record
By knockout2
By knockout2
Kickboxing record
Amateur record
Other information
OccupationPresident of NZPBA
Boxing record from BoxRec
last updated on: 20 February 2017

John Conway (born 8 March 1968, New Zealand) is a retired professional boxer and kickboxer. Conway biggest boxing bout of his career was challenging for the WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title against Soulan Pownceby in June 2011.[1][2] Conway has peaked at 11th on the WBO Asia Pacific Rankings.[3] Conway started his boxing career in the amateur in 1986. If you combine his amateur, professional boxing and kickboxing fight, Conway has had 182 fights.

Currently Conway is the president of the New Zealand Professional Boxing Association and has refereed in over 100 boxing bouts. Conway has refereed and judged in many notable boxers including Chauncy Welliver, Michelle Preston, Daniella Smith, Gunnar Jackson, Robert Berridge, Shane Cameron, Jeff Horn, Izuagbe Ugonoh, Kali Meehan, Brian Minto, and Joseph Parker.[4]

Outside being an official, Conway owns his own gym called Rebel Lee Gar and trains many successful boxers and kickboxers including Adrian Taihia, Baby Nansen, Lani Daniels, Richie Hardcore and David Letele.[5]

NZPBA president[edit]

In July 2016, Conway became vice President of NZPBA. In February 2017, Lance Revill resigned as president of NZPBA due to the backlash of the comments made against World Champion Joseph Parker. Due to this, Conway was promoted to Interim President of NZPBA.[6]

Fighting titles and awards[edit]

Kickboxing and Muay Thai titles[edit]

  • NZ amateur welterweight kickboxing champion (1991)
  • NZ thaiboxing professional welterweight champion (1992–2000)
  • South Pacific welterweight champion (1995)
  • Hong Kong World welterweight champion (1995)


  • Balmoral Lee Gar Thai Boxing Most Determined Professional Fighter (1994–1995)

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
14 fights 11 wins 2 losses
By knockout 2 2
By decision 9 0
Draws 1


No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
14 Lose 11–2–1 New Zealand Soulan Pownceby TKO 11 (12) 1:22 17 June 2011 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title
13 Win 11–1–1 New Zealand Dickey Peirera UD 4 14 April 2011 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
12 Win 10–1–1 New Zealand Fale Siaoloa UD 4 19 March 2011 New Zealand Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau City, New Zealand
11 Win 9–1–1 Samoa Niusila Seiuli UD 4 4 March 2011 New Zealand ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, New Zealand
10 Lose 8–1–1 New Zealand Tapanuu Tagilimai TKO 1 (4) 30 October 2003 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
9 Win 8–0–1 New Zealand Simon Taliavao Talia TKO 3 (4) 14 December 2002 New Zealand YMCA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
8 Win 7–0–1 New Zealand Simon Taliavao Talia KO 2 (6) 12 April 2002 New Zealand Hamilton Leisure Centre, Waikato, New Zealand
7 Win 6–0–1 New Zealand Jimmy Fale PTS 6 16 February 2002 New Zealand ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, New Zealand
6 Win 5–0–1 New Zealand Brett Fannin PTS 6 13 December 2001 New Zealand St.James Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand
5 Win 4–0–1 New Zealand Jason Costa PTS 6 24 August 2001 New Zealand Meteor Night Club, Hamilton, New Zealand
4 Win 3–0–1 New Zealand Jake Rasmussen PTS 6 28 June 2001 New Zealand ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, New Zealand
3 Draw 2–0–1 New Zealand Jamie Waru PTS 6 29 July 2000 New Zealand Northland Memorial Hall, Dargaville, New Zealand
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Graham McLaughlan PTS 4 13 May 2000 New Zealand Alexandra Park Raceway, Auckland, New Zealand
1 Win 1–0 New Zealand Peter Mokomoko PTS 6 25 November 1999 New Zealand ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, New Zealand Professional debut


  1. ^ "Friday Night Boxing Results". Maltaboxing. 17 June 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Weekly Boxing report". Commonwealth Boxing. 25 June 2011. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  3. ^ "WBO ASIA PACIFIC RANKING JULY 2011". WBO. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  4. ^ "John Conway Referee Profile". Boxrec. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  5. ^ "Buttabean out to put Lam on chopping board". Maori TV. 17 May 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Boxing: Lance Revill quits NZPBA post due to Joseph Parker fight backlash". New Zealand Herald. 20 February 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  7. ^ "John Conway". Boxrec. Retrieved 16 October 2010.