Cook Islands super heavyweight sensation claims gold

Teremoana Jnr Teremoana (Photo: Teremoana Jnr Teremoana/Instagram)

In a remarkable display of talent, fortified grit and international success, Cook Islander Teremoana Jnr Teremoana clinched the Gold medal in the Australian Boxing Championships, and proudly wears the title of Super Heavyweight (92kg +) Champion.

The championships, held in Perth earlier this month also served as the Australia boxing 2023 Pacific Games qualifier – the Pacific Games team is expected to be confirmed next month.

Teremoana is rapt at his accomplishment.

However, he says his remarkable journey is far from over.

“I’m happy to have gotten the win at these championships, but, my quest continues,” he said.

Teremoana’s physical stature is massive, he towers at 6’6 feet, weighing 122kg.

He is committed to the intense training circuit of his sport, remains grounded and displays humility.

Two years ago when he turned professional, he started using Punish Fight Gear boxing gear.

Recently he was presented with new boxing gloves from the company.

“Punish have been looking after me for the past two years and I haven’t been disappointed with the Gear.

“It has great quality and I would recommend their products to anyone looking to get some fight gear.

“I personally like the 18oz gloves, they last a bit longer, as well and keeping my hands safe.”

Teremoana’s parents are of Australian and Cook Islands heritage.

His father Teremoana Tangauru introduced him to the sport at the age of 10 as a means to help him look after his older sisters.

His journey as a boxer has also involved in reconnecting with his Cook Islands legacy and birth right.

A former Cook Islands Heavyweight Champion, he is named after his late paternal grandfather Papa Teremoana Tangauru from Pukapuka. His grandmother is Mii (nee Katuke) from the island of Atiu. Teremoana is appreciative and grateful to the Pukapuka community for their supportive messages and well wishes leading up to his fights. “Taku lakau mai Pukapuka. Atawai wolo,” he says.