Paea Wolfgramm

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Paea Wolfgramm
Personal information
Full name Paea Wolfgramm
Nickname(s) The Tongan Warrior
Nationality  Tonga
Born (1969-12-01) December 1, 1969 (age 45)
Vava'u, Tonga
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 140 kg (310 lb)
Sport
Sport Boxing
Rated at Super Heavyweight

Paea Wolfgramm (born December 1, 1969 in Vava'u) is a Tongan retired boxer. Nicknamed "The Tongan Warrior", Wolfgramm won the Super Heavyweight silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics, making him the first athlete from Tonga to win an Olympic medal.

Personal[edit]

Wolfgramm has 7 children - 5 boys and 2 girls, and 4 brothers and 2 sisters. He resides in South Auckland New Zealand, where he is a hostel parent at a well-known New Zealand school, Wesley College.

Amateur highlights[edit]

  • 1994 3rd place at the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada.
  • 1995 won the Oceanian Championships in Nuku'alofa, Tonga.
  • 1996 Representing Tonga, Wolfgramm won the Super Heavyweight Silver Medal at the Atlanta Olympics. Results were:

Professional career[edit]

At 6'4" and 325 pounds, the huge Wolfgramm turned pro after the Olympics, but had limited success. He lost a decision to journeyman Marion Wilson in 1998. Although he was able to beat former Cuban Olympian Jorge Luis Gonzalez by decision to set up a fight with Wladimir Klitschko for the vacant WBC International Heavyweight Title, he was beaten in the first round in a rematch of their 1996 Super Heavyweight Olympic finals bout. He later lost a decision to Eliecer Castillo, but beat Jimmy Thunder to set up a fight with Corey Sanders in late 2001. Sanders won via 9th round TKO, and Wolfgramm announced his retirement shortly after this fight.

Professional boxing record[edit]

20 Wins (14 knockouts, 6 decisions), 4 Losses (2 knockouts, 2 decisions)[1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 20-6 United States Corey Sanders TKO 9 08/08/2001 United States Grand Victoria Casino, Elgin, Illinois Referee stopped the bout at 1:54 of the ninth round.
Win 35-11 Samoa Jimmy Thunder TD 7 01/04/2001 United States Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada Bout stopped due to an accidental headbut. 68-63, 67-64, 67-64.
Loss 19-1-1 Cuba Elieser Castillo SD 12 21/10/2000 United States Silver Star Casino, Philadelphia, Mississippi IBO Intercontinental Heavyweight Title. 113-115, 113-115, 118-110.
Win 29-9 United States Rocky Gannon TKO 3 21/07/2000 United States Regent Resort Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Loss 31-1 Ukraine Wladimir Klitschko KO 1 18/03/2000 Germany Alsterdorfer Sporthalle, Alsterdorf, Hamburg WBC International Heavyweight Title. Wolfgramm knocked out at 1:30 of the first round.
Win 19-2 United States Calvin Lampkin UD 10 05/12/1999 United States Casino Magic, Bay Saint Louis, Mississippi 97-94, 99-93, 98-92.
Win 20-4-2 United States Gerard Jones UD 10 07/03/1999 United States Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, Arizona
Win 25-4 Cuba Jorge Luis Gonzalez MD 8 15/08/1998 United States El Paso County Coliseum, El Paso, Texas 76-76, 78-74, 78-74.
Win 12-13-2 United States Guy Sonnenberg TKO 1 12/06/1998 United States Belle of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana Referee stopped the bout at 1:29 of the first round.
Loss 10-25-3 United States Marion Wilson MD 6 09/05/1998 United States Trump Taj Majal, Atlantic City, New Jersey 57-57, 55-59, 56-58.
Win 6-14 United States Rick Sullivan TKO 1 21/03/1998 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin
Win 4-4 United States Kevin Rosier TKO 1 16/01/1998 United States Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey Referee stopped the bout at 1:12 of the first round.
Win 10-1-2 United States Billy Eaton KO 1 20/12/1997 United States Reseda Country Club, Reseda, California Eaton knocked out at 1:29 of the first round.
Win 5-2 United States Ed White KO 1 23/09/1997 United States Foxwoods, Mashantucket, Connecticut
Win 1-6 United States Gerald Brown TKO 1 23/08/1997 United States The Wild Wild West Casino, Atlantic City, New Jersey
Win 5-9 United States Jessie Henry TKO 3 09/08/1997 United States South Padre Island, Texas Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the third round.
Win 3-2-1 United States Robert Mitchell TKO 1 24/05/1997 United States Denver, Colorado
Win 4-4-1 Armenia Khoren Indjian TKO 2 10/05/1997 United States MARK of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois Referee stopped the bout at 1:24 of the second round.
Win 2-4 United States Ronnie "The Bear" Smith UD 4 03/03/1997 United States Austin, Texas
Win 5-4 United States Stan Jones KO 2 14/02/1997 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California
Win -- Momtchil Govedarov TKO 1 28/01/1997 United States Club Rio, Tempe, Arizona Referee stopped the bout at 1:17 of the first round.
Win 1-0 United States Orlando Leavall PTS 4 17/01/1997 United States Reseda Country Club, Reseda, California
Win 0-1 United States John Foster TKO 1 11/01/1997 United States Hynes Convention Center, Boston, Massachusetts
Win 4-1-1 United States Jeff Kirk KO 1 03/12/1996 United States Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Fine Sani Vea
Flagbearer for  Tonga
Atlanta 1996
Succeeded by
Ana Siulolo Liku