City Kickboxing Heavyweight Boxer Hemi "The Heat" Ahio takes on Mohammed Ali Bayat for the WBC Middle East Championship Heavyweight title tomorrow morning (3am NZT)
We caught up with the Tongan boxer in Dubai where he talks to us about how he got into boxing, what his training camp was like leading up to this fight, what motivates him and more.
"In the cage, I’m free, like a greyhound running or a bird in flight. When I’m fighting, I can transcend my life and feel grace." - Mark Hunt, Born to Fight
"Mark Hunt remains a global superstar in both kickboxing and mixed martial arts, helping popularise the now phenomenally successful combat sport. Yet, as the documentary makes clear, Hunt has remained a rank outsider for the majority of his sporting career. This is highlighted in the film as Hunt singlehandedly takes on his employer UFC, persuading them to take a harder line with drug cheats.
Charting an almost Rocky-like trajectory, director Peter Brook Bell highlights Hunt’s career as it twists and turns in all directions. Focally, Hunt overcoming a horrendous childhood dealing with an abusive father, jail time and an adolescence spent on society's margins. No-one takes him seriously, bringing him in as a last-minute stand-in for kickboxing fights.
Despite this unpromising beginning, he almost immediately rises to global stardom. But with his increasing success also comes self-sabotage, challenging his own ascent at every step.…more
Brian To'o suprises his girlfriend Sala Moesha Chrichton-Ropati with the big question following his NRL premiership win.
NRL legend Cameron Smith talks to the couple after the Penrith Panthers win and their engagement.
Meanwhile Western Sydney are still celebrating the Penrith Panthers win ...
“Athletes are often perceived as being somewhat one-dimensional. But, I’m also a dad, a husband, an avid sports fan, a lover of food and music; as well as many other things. It’s the combination of these things that drives me to get the most out of every day.” - Tony Finau, PGA TOUR Champion
Do What You Love. More.
Samoan NFL player Jordan Mailata officially signed a massive four year contract extension with the Philadelphia Eagles as first reported by ESPN - the deal is worth US $64 million which could go up to US $80 million if he meets performance bonus clauses, with US $40.85 million guaranteed.
The deal also puts him near the top of the highest earning Australian athletes and News.com.au reported it as the richest contract ever earned by an Australian in the NFL.
In his first post game press conference this season he told reporters he felt extremely blessed to receive the contract extension "It gives me an opportunity to represent my family, my country and my people".
He also opened up on where some of his money would be going to "I’ve been wanting to buy my parents a house, I can finally do that”.…more
Pasifika Youth set to take up a new rugby league challenge again with the Pasifika Youth Cup 2021 in October
The inaugural rugby league Pasifika Youth Cup 2021 is set to kick off in October with a competition for both Pasifika boys and girls starting from U13s through to U18s.
It's an exciting opportunity for Pasifika and Maori youth to showcase their talent and also represent their respective island nations heritage in this one of a kind tournament.
In 2017, the Warriors added another layer to their development programme with the introduction of the Pasifika Youth Cup which was hosted in association with the New Zealand Maori Rugby League.
At that time the Pasifika Youth Cup featured U16 & U18 teams from NZ Maori, Samoa, Fiji NZ, Cook Islands and Auckland Niue Rugby League.
Fast forward to 2021, the Pasifika Youth Cup will now feature seven Pacific nations. The Pasifika Youth Cup resurgence came about with conversations between Samoa Rugby League executive Muliaga Brown and Warriors coach Tony Iro who is a Cook Islander.
The team behind the seven nations teams - Aotearoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tokelau and Tonga talk here (in the video above) about the upcoming comp.…more
News report via RNZ & video above via NZ Herald Youtube - City Kickboxing fighters along with spokesperson Mike Angove and UFC champion Israel Adesanya want to see the law changed on the 'coward punch' after the death of team mate Fau Vake.
A man who admitted punching the head of a young MMA fighter who later died in hospital has been sentenced to six months' home detention, which the victim's friend likens to a Covid restriction, not justice.
Ofa He Mooni Folau, 29, pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting with intent to injure. He attacked Liufau (Fau) Vake, 25, who later died in hospital of head injuries, and his brother Ika after a night drinking in central Auckland in May this year.
"That's not good enough for being part of an attack that took a man's life," Vake's friend Dan Hooker said outside court.
"Six months, stay at home? That's Covid restrictions," Hooker said, who's also an MMA fighter. "100 percent the laws have to change."
Three others pleaded not guilty over the attack, including one charged with manslaughter.…more
And then there was ONE!
Solomon Islander Sharon Firisua was the last Pacific Islander representing their home island to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics today in the marathon.
Canoe sprinter Kohl Tamarua-Horton was the final competitor for Team Cook Islands on Wednesday 4th August (Day 12)
He raced in the Mens 200m sprint and managed to make it through to the Quarter Finals but unfortunately capsized his boat and was unable to finish the race. He was one of the youngest on the team so we're sure we'll see more of him in the future.
On Thursday, Guam wrapped up its competition in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. All that’s left to do is wait for the Closing Ceremony, in which wrestler Rckaela Aquino will bear the Guam flag.…more
To go along with our guide to who, what, when and where our Pasifika athletes are competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games we'll be doing a round up of how they've all been doing in case you missed their event. Peep the results of our athletes from Day 1-4 here & Day 5-7 here
Here are the results & who to watch out for of our Pasifika athletes who have competed on Day 8, 9, 10 & 11 of the Olympic Games.
Track and field dominate the results here. Cover image of some of our Pasifika sprinters via Oceania Olympics.
American Samoan sprinter Nathan Crumpton is more widely known for his Winter Olympics sport of Skeleton racing. He only decided to try out for the Summer Olympics track and field 100m race when he was on a training break in American Samoa in 2019 and happened to turn on the TV when the Pacific Games were on.…more
To go along with our guide to who, what, when and where our Pasifika athletes are competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games we'll be doing a round up of how they've all been doing in case you missed their event. Peep the results of our athletes from Day 1-4 here
Here are the results & who to watch out for of our Pasifika athletes who have competed on Day 5, 6 & 7 of the Olympic Games.
Adrian Hoesch and Tyler Paige competed in Sailing in the Men's Two Person Dinghy on Wednesday and again on Thursday. In races 1 & 2 they placed 19th, in races 3 & 4 they placed 18th and after todays races they are again placed 18th.
The pair will race again on Sunday from about noon NZT and on Monday from about 2.35pm.…more