Soulan Pownceby

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Soulan Pownceby
BornSoulan James Rikihana
(1975-05-04) May 4, 1975 (age 43)
Christchurch, New Zealand
ResidenceAuckland, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealander
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight79.3 kg (175 lb; 12 st 7 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight
Years active2007 - 2012
Professional boxing record
Total21
Wins20
By knockout9
Losses0
Draws1
Other information
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.[1] He is also notable for convictions for assault and manslaughter.

Amateur career[edit]

As an amateur, Pownceby was one of the New Zealand team's main hopes for a boxing medal in the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth games[2] but he was eliminated from the competition after losing 6-26 against his first opponent.[3]

Pownceby had an impressive amateur record and won numerous New Zealand gold medals as a middle weight, light-heavy weight, and heavy weight.[4]

Pownceby was also selected for the 2004 Athens Olympics and was the only boxer chosen to represent New Zealand at this event.[5] Pownceby was eliminated from the competition after losing 19-33 against his first opponent.[3]

Pownceby is a four time New Zealand National Amateur Champion, winning in 2001 (Middle), 2002 (Light Heavy), 2005 (Light Heavy) and 2006 (Heavy).

Professional career[edit]

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,[6] was in superb form and won the fight over 12 rounds.[7]

Pownceby has also held the WBO Asia Pacific light-heavyweight title after defeating Togasilamai Letoa in a 12-round fight.[8]

Pownceby is ranked fifth in New Zealand's pound for pound record.[9]

After defeating Daniel MacKinnon, Pownceby was ranked 1st in WBO in July 2012,[10] 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.[11]

Professional boxing titles[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Professional record summary
21 fights 20 wins 0 losses
By knockout 9 0
By decision 11 0
Draws 1

[12]

No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
21 Win 20–0-1 New Zealand Daniel MacKinnon TD 7 (12) 1:15 1 Jun 2012 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title
20 Win 19–0-1 Samoa Peter Tovi'o TKO 4 (6) 2:58 18 Nov 2011 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
19 Win 18–0-1 New Zealand John Conway TKO 11 (12) 1:22 17 Jun 2011 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title
18 Win 17–0-1 Fiji Mosese Sorovi PTS 8 28 Jan 2011 French Polynesia Salle Louis 'Babo' Aitamai de Fautaua, Papeete, French Polynesia
17 Win 16–0-1 New Zealand Fale Siaoloa UD 4 30 Oct 2010 New Zealand ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, New Zealand
16 Win 15–0-1 Australia Joel Casey UD 12 17 Jun 2010 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand World Boxing Foundation World & WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title
15 Win 14–0-1 New Zealand Fale Siaoloa UD 6 13 Mar 2010 New Zealand Cowles Stadium, Christchurch, New Zealand
14 Win 13–0-1 Samoa Faimasasa Tavu'i RTD 4 (12) 3:00 7 Nov 2009 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title
13 Draw 12–0-1 New Zealand Shane Chapman TD 3 (6) 1:40 3 Oct 2009 New Zealand Mystery Creek Events Centre, Hamilton, New Zealand
12 Win 12–0 Samoa Togasilimai Letoa UD 12 28 Aug 2009 New Zealand ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, New Zealand vacant WBO Asia Pacific light heavyweight title
11 Win 11–0 Samoa Bob Gasio RTD 3 (10) 3:00 17 Jul 2009 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
10 Win 10–0 Samoa Moses Ioelu TKO 2 (6) 6 Jun 2009 New Zealand Lagoon Stadium, Panmure, Auckland, New Zealand
9 Win 9–0 Samoa Ioane Talamauga UD 5 (6) 0:01 28 May 2009 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
8 Win 8–0 Samoa Ioane Talamauga UD 4 23 Apr 2009 New Zealand ABA Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand
7 Win 7–0 Samoa Niusila Seiuli TKO 3 (4) 1:37 11 Dec 2008 New Zealand Manurewa Netball Centre, Manurewa, New Zealand
6 Win 6–0 Samoa Niusila Seiuli TKO 4 (4) 1:49 8 Nov 2008 New Zealand ASB Stadium, Kohimarama, New Zealand
5 Win 5–0 Samoa Togasilimai Letoa MD 4 16 Sep 2008 New Zealand Leisure Centre, Otara, New Zealand
4 Win 4–0 Samoa Wilhem Schwalger UD 12 28 Jun 2008 New Zealand Brewster Recreation Centre, South Auckland, New Zealand New Zealand National Boxing Federation (NZNBF) cruiserweight title
3 Win 3–0 New Zealand Supi Moi Moi UD 6 11 Apr 2008 New Zealand Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
2 Win 2–0 Pakistan Kashif Mumtaz PTS 4 2 Nov 2007 New Zealand Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand
1 Win 1–0 New Zealand Wayne Orbell KO 1 (4) 1:16 3 Aug 2007 New Zealand Sky City Convention Centre, Auckland, New Zealand Professional debut

Convictions[edit]

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."[13] 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".[14]

Pownceby was charged with murder, however the jury at his murder trial ruled that he was not guilty of murder but was guilty of manslaughter. Pownceby was sentenced to four years in jail.[15]

During the period 1998 to 2000, Pownceby was convicted of four violent assaults.[16] One of these assaults was committed against an unnamed woman.[16]

Personal life[edit]

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.[17] Pownceby was jailed in 1995 for four years for the manslaughter of his 5-month-old daughter[16] and converted to Catholicism following his release from prison in 1998.[13] In 2004 Pownceby said he could not change the past[18] but that he was "trying to be the best person I can be".[19]

In 2006 Pownceby announced that he intended to donate his first professional boxing purse to child cancer.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soulan Pownceby". TVNZ. 2004.
  2. ^ "Killer A Medal Chance". MAKO. 8 February 2006.
  3. ^ a b "Soulan Pownceby". NZOC.
  4. ^ a b Graham, James (2 October 2006). "Boxing: Pownceby weighs giving up Olympics". NZ Herald.
  5. ^ "Soulan Pownceby". Sports Reference.
  6. ^ "WBO Rankings". World Boxing Organization. July 2010. Archived from the original on 17 January 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2010.
  7. ^ "World Title shot in Auckland". Fight Times.
  8. ^ Shin, Steve (29 August 2010). "Blood, biff and stiff upper lips". Rogue.
  9. ^ "New Zealand active P4P ratings". Retrieved 13 February 2011.
  10. ^ "WORLD BOXING ORGANIZATION RANKING JULY 2012". Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  11. ^ "Long recovery ahead for Pownceby". Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  12. ^ "Soulan Pownceby". Boxrec. Retrieved 16 October 2010.
  13. ^ a b Devereux, Monique (23 June 2004). "Faded Remains of a Short Life". NZ Herald.
  14. ^ Gregory, Angela (28 June 2004). "Young parents 'need help'". NZ Herald.
  15. ^ "Offender Database". Sensible Sentencing Trust.
  16. ^ a b c Gregory, Angela (23 June 2004). "Officials Back Killer Boxer". NZ Herald.
  17. ^ "I didn't feel like living any more says Pownceby". NZ Herald. 2 July 2004.
  18. ^ Leggat, David (23 June 2004). "The problem with Pownceby". New Zealand Herald.
  19. ^ Devereux, Monique (24 June 2004). "Boxer's tears seem to swing sympathies". New Zealand Herald.