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Tua wins battle with former managers
17 January 2006

Boxer David Tua was rejoicing last night after a High Court ruling handed him the latest bout in his ongoing battle with his former management.


In a ruling released today, Justice Hugh Williams sided with Tua over the question of an exclusive management agreement the boxer entered with Kevin Barry and Martin Pugh.

Tua contended he was never bound by the agreement because of "undue influence and other factors", but even if the court felt he had been, he had terminated the contract in October 2003.

The ruling means Tua has effectively been his own boss since that date.

Pugh and Barry had claimed Tua was in breach of the contract. . .but in court said they were "minded to accept" Tua's management agreement came to an end in 2003.

They had earlier threatened damages against Tua and 72 Promotions Ltd, a company run by his friend Inga Tuigamala.

But Justice Williams said there was "no foundation" for Pugh and Barry's claim that Tua and Tuigamala had been in breach of contract, despite the fact the pair had been "tardy and incomplete" in complying with their contract obligations

The ruling also leaves in place a caveat over a Takapuna, Auckland, property belonging to Pugh's girlfriend, and over money from sale of a beachfront property at Pakiri, north of Auckland.

Legal costs have yet to be decided, and there were still financial issues to be resolved.

The devout Tua last night told Radio Sport the decision meant "a day that the good Lord has made for all of us."

"It brings me to my knees and thanking God. . .for me it's been a very, very powerful outcome, but humbling at the same time."

The ruling would allow him more time to concentrate on his family, particularly his two young boys, wife and parents.

"It's finally over."

He also extended thanks to his legal team.

Tua said he felt "very blessed in so many ways that the court victory had come when it did.

He said it left him enough time in his career to "really go for it".

"Now I can finally get back in to the ring and just be completely focused again."

He said his next opponent was likely to be confirmed in the next few days, with a fight date set for late February.

He thanked his friend Inga Tuigamala, who had been "great" during the legal battle.


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