Shaw Signs Heavyweight Bowie Tupou
Undefeated heavyweight Bowie Tupou has signed an exclusive promotional deal with Gary Shaw Productions. A native of Tonga, Bowie, who is 6í2" and 270 pounds, is expected to make his U.S. debut later this summer.
"Bowie is Tonga tough and that is why I signed him," said promoter Gary Shaw. "I canít wait to unleash him on the U.S. heavyweights. Bowie is going to get American boxing fans excited about the heavyweight division again."
Bowie, whose real name is Suliasi Tupou Ahio, moved from Tonga to Australia at age 11. Before becoming a boxer, Bowie played professional rugby league football in Australia for the Penrith Panthers.
He made his pro debut last year and has fought exclusively in Australia under the tutelage of trainer Johnny Lewis. Looking to expand his professional horizons, Bowie (9-0, 7 KOs), moved to the U.S. at the end of 2006 and settled in Los Angeles where he trains with Justin Fortune at the Pound4Pound Gym.
"I am thankful to Johhny for building a strong foundation upon which I could learn," said Bowie. "Coming to the U.S. and training with Justin and sparring with so many talented fighters has improved my boxing education and skills tremendously. I cannot wait to make my U.S. debut and measure myself against such a talented pool of fighters."
A devout Mormon, Bowie, 24, is married to Georgia Tupou. He has a huge following among the Tongan Mormon community, the Tongan community in general and the Mormon community. He is managed by Richard Wilner, an attorney based in southern California.￼