24-0 Tua adds Cooks to 1st-round KO list New Zealand heavyweight shows stuff at Teamsters

July 22, 1996|By Alan Goldstein | Alan Goldstein,SUN STAFF

It took David Tua a little longer than his last fight -- a 19-second knockout -- but the unbeaten New Zealand heavyweight again displayed his devastating power at Teamsters Hall last night, disposing of Anthony Cooks at 2: 24 of the first round of their nationally televised bout.

Tua, 236 and built along the lines of a miniature tank, raised his record to 24-0 with 20 KOs by dropping Cooks three times.

A left hook decked Cooks (11-5), who took the fight on short notice, in the first 20 seconds. The second knockdown resulted from two vicious body shots, and the last from a combination.

Cooks' knee barely grazed the canvas, but referee Bill Holmes spared him further punishment by invoking the automatic three-knockdown rule.

"I put it all together," said Tua, a native of Samoa. "My corner said to take it to him right away, and not give him any confidence."

A bronze-medal winner in the 1992 Olympics, Tua said he has been working on his body punching and cutting off the ring.

"I should have got down lower to get more leverage," said Tua, a perfectionist.

But veteran trainer Lou Duva could not fault his fighter's performance. "He's a young version of Marciano, Tyson and Frazier," said Duva. "He's ready to step up in class. We'll fight any of the top contenders. If he hits you, he knocks you dead."

Unbeaten Philadelphia lightweight Ivan Robinson (23-0), priming for a world title fight against International Boxing Federation champion Philip Holiday, found surprisingly tough opposition in Emanuel Burton, a late substitute from Baton Rouge, La.

Robinson, who claimed he injured his right hand in training, won on the three judges' cards by comfortable margins, but the crowd booed the decision.

"He should have knocked this kid out," said James Robinson, his father and co-trainer. "He said his hand hurt, but that's no excuse."

Robinson did not relish the criticism. "I thought I won with my jab alone," he said.

Showing no respect for the USBA champion, Burton (10-6-2) boxed expertly in the early rounds. But occasional clowning may have cost him points.

Michael Grant (20-0), of Norristown, Pa., the latest heavyweight protege of Bill Cayton, beat Ross Purrity, of Oklahoma City.

Pub Date: 7/22/96

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