'Blown away': Boxing legend's stunning act of kindness

Chris Young
·Sports Reporter
·3-min read
New Zealand boxing legend David Tua was praised after stopping to help a stranded driver change a tyre - and even teach her son how to do it. Pictures: Facebook/Getty Images
New Zealand boxing legend David Tua was praised after stopping to help a stranded driver change a tyre - and even teach her son how to do it. Pictures: Facebook/Getty Images

New Zealand boxing great David Tua moved a stranded motorist to tears with an act of kindness sure to warm the hearts of any sporting fan.

Tua pulled up alongside Maza White and her son Jagger as the pair waited for roadside assistance to help replace their flat tyre.

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Not only did the former heavyweight contender change the tyre, he gave six-year-old Jagger a lesson in what to do if it happened again - moving White to post about Tua's kindness on social media.

Initially not knowing who Tua was, she said she was stunned, and a little starstruck, when it was revealed the man who once went the distance against boxing legend Lennox Lewis had stopped to lend a hand.

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“I had a flat tyre on the road and was waiting for roadside rescue (shamefully I can’t change a tyre) when the absolute kindest couple stopped and helped,” White wrote on Facebook.

“The husband changed my tyre whilst patiently involving and teaching Jagger at the same time. I was so moved by their kindness that I actually cried.... yes.... I stood there crying.

“Afterward, I find out it was DAVID TUA - heavyweight world champ boxer and NZ’s answer to Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis (who he fought)."

She later told Stuff that she had ended up searching for replays of Tua's fights as he changed the tyre - not that the former boxer was too fussed about seeing them again.

“He just shrugged and laughed it off,” White said.

“I said thank you and he just looked me straight in the eye and said ‘thank you for blessing us today’.”

Stuff also caught up with Tua, who simply said stopping was 'the right thing to do'.

Rival fighter brutally mocks Tim Tszyu

Michael Zerafa has taken another stunning swipe at Tim Tszyu, insisting that the 26-year-old is only a big deal in Australian boxing because of his famous father.

The son of legendary former light-welterweight world champion Kostya Tszyu - Tim will put his unbeaten record on the line against Irishman Dennis Hogan on Wednesday night in a sellout super welterweight showdown in Newcastle.

Tszyu has 17 wins from 17 bouts (13 by knockout) in a blemish-free career to date that has many good judges predicting him to fight for a world title sooner rather than later.

Tim Tszyu has brushed off trash talk from rival boxer Michael Zerafa. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)
Tim Tszyu has brushed off trash talk from rival boxer Michael Zerafa. (Photo by Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Zerafa - whose first round knockout win over Anthony Mundine in March spelled an end to the 45-year-old's career - isn't convinced about the hype surrounding Tszyu.

After beating Mundine, Zerafa once again called out Tszyu, urging his compatriot to "stop running" and step into the ring for a fight he claimed all Australian boxing fans wanted to see.

Tszyu fired back by claiming he had bigger fish to fry - starting with Hogan - and slammed Zerafa for taking on the fight against Mundine in the first place.

The war of words between the two fighters has ramped up again, with Zerafa claiming that Tszyu "wouldn't be getting any recognition" in Australian boxing if it wasn't for his surname.

“I don’t rate Tszyu,” Zerafa told Wide World of Sports.

“Take away his last name ... this is what annoys me. If he was Tim Smith, he wouldn’t be getting any recognition but because his dad is Kostya Tszyu, he’s getting all the recognition.

“People just think I’m a sore loser because of what I say but what has he done? He knocked out Jeff Horn? I was the first one to do it. Why aren’t they going crazy about me?”

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