|Born||Soulan James Rikihana|
May 4, 1975
Christchurch, New Zealand
|Residence||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Height||183 cm (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||79.3 kg (175 lb; 12 st 7 lb)|
|Years active||2007 - 2012|
|Professional boxing record|
|Boxing record from BoxRec|
Soulan James Pownceby (née Soulan James Rikihana, born 4 May 1975 in Christchurch) is a New Zealand boxer who was described by TVNZ in 2004 as one of New Zealand's most exciting talents since David Tua. He is also notable for convictions for assault and manslaughter.
As an amateur, Pownceby was one of the New Zealand team's main hopes for a boxing medal in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth games but he was eliminated from the competition after losing 6-26 against his first opponent.
Pownceby had an impressive amateur record and won numerous New Zealand gold medals as a middle weight, light-heavy weight, and heavy weight.
Pownceby was also selected for the 2004 Athens Olympics and was the only boxer chosen to represent New Zealand at this event. Pownceby was eliminated from the competition after losing 19-33 against his first opponent.
Pownceby is a four time New Zealand National Amateur Champion, winning in 2001 (Middle), 2002 (Light Heavy), 2005 (Light Heavy) and 2006 (Heavy).
Pownceby defeated Joel Casey for the World Boxing Foundation light-heavyweight title on 17 June 2010. Pownceby, who was ranked 9th in the July 2010 WBO light heavyweight rankings, was in superb form and won the fight over 12 rounds.
After defeating Daniel MacKinnon, Pownceby was ranked 1st in WBO in July 2012, however despite reaching the number one mandatory position, Pownceby would not be able to fight for a world title due passed convictions which makes him unable to leave the county. Pownceby was unable to fight again due to a serious neck injury.
Professional boxing titles
- New Zealand National Boxing Federation (NZNBF) cruiserweight title (180½ Ibs)
- WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title (174½ Ibs)
- World Boxing Foundation World light heavyweight title (175 Ibs)
Professional boxing record
|Professional record summary|
|21 fights||20 wins||0 losses|
|21||Win||20–0-1||Daniel MacKinnon||TD||7 (12) 1:15||1 Jun 2012||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand||WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title|
|20||Win||19–0-1||Peter Tovi'o||TKO||4 (6) 2:58||18 Nov 2011||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand|
|19||Win||18–0-1||John Conway||TKO||11 (12) 1:22||17 Jun 2011||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand||WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title|
|18||Win||17–0-1||Mosese Sorovi||PTS||8||28 Jan 2011||Salle Louis 'Babo' Aitamai de Fautaua, Papeete, French Polynesia|
|17||Win||16–0-1||Fale Siaoloa||UD||4||30 Oct 2010||ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, New Zealand|
|16||Win||15–0-1||Joel Casey||UD||12||17 Jun 2010||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand||World Boxing Foundation World & WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title|
|15||Win||14–0-1||Fale Siaoloa||UD||6||13 Mar 2010||Cowles Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand|
|14||Win||13–0-1||Faimasasa Tavu'i||RTD||4 (12) 3:00||7 Nov 2009||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand||WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title|
|13||Draw||12–0-1||Shane Chapman||TD||3 (6) 1:40||3 Oct 2009||Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand|
|12||Win||12–0||Togasilimai Letoa||UD||12||28 Aug 2009||ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, New Zealand||vacant WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||Bob Gasio||RTD||3 (10) 3:00||17 Jul 2009||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand|
|10||Win||10–0||Moses Ioelu||TKO||2 (6)||6 Jun 2009||Lagoon Stadium, Panmure, Auckland, New Zealand|
|9||Win||9–0||Ioane Talamauga||UD||5 (6) 0:01||28 May 2009||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand|
|8||Win||8–0||Ioane Talamauga||UD||4||23 Apr 2009||ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand|
|7||Win||7–0||Niusila Seiuli||TKO||3 (4) 1:37||11 Dec 2008||Manurewa Netball Centre, Manurewa, New Zealand|
|6||Win||6–0||Niusila Seiuli||TKO||4 (4) 1:49||8 Nov 2008||ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, New Zealand|
|5||Win||5–0||Togasilimai Letoa||MD||4||16 Sep 2008||Leisure Centre, Otara, New Zealand|
|4||Win||4–0||Wilhem Schwalger||UD||12||28 Jun 2008||Brewster Recreation Centre, South Auckland, New Zealand||New Zealand National Boxing Federation (NZNBF) cruiserweight title|
|3||Win||3–0||Supi Moi Moi||UD||6||11 Apr 2008||Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand|
|2||Win||2–0||Kashif Mumtaz||PTS||4||2 Nov 2007||Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand|
|1||Win||1–0||Wayne Orbell||KO||1 (4) 1:16||3 Aug 2007||Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand||Professional debut|
On 19 October 1994, Pownceby killed his five-month-old daughter Jeanette Rikihana. Despite claiming to Police that he had dropped her in the shower, the post-mortem revealed "horrendous injuries - severe bruising to the head, including a cracked skull, and internal bruising." In addition to the injuries that resulted in her death, the autopsy also revealed that the baby was suffering from "six fractured ribs caused by a chest injury at least two weeks before her death" and was "malnourished with wasting buttocks and thighs".
Pownceby has faced numerous difficulties throughout his life. His father (a United States Navy serviceman) has never acknowledged him, his sister was murdered by her partner in 1990, and his mother died of cancer in 1993. Pownceby was jailed in 1995 for four years for the manslaughter of his 5-month-old daughter and converted to Catholicism following his release from prison in 1998. In 2004 Pownceby said he could not change the past but that he was "trying to be the best person I can be".
In 2006 Pownceby announced that he intended to donate his first professional boxing purse to child cancer.
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