Australia super heavyweight boxing champion Teremoana Samson Teremoana Jr’s parents, siblings and grandparents in Rarotonga. MELINA ETCHES/23100304
The Australian super heavyweight boxing champion, Cook Islander Teremoana Samson Teremoana Junior, is all set to square off in the Pacific Games in the Solomon Islands from November 1 to 14.
His goal is to win gold at the regional games in the
Super Heavyweight Division (92kg+) to get one step closer to his dream of
participating in the Olympics.
Born and raised in
Australia, he is the third of six children to parents Alicia Teremoana nee
Spendiff (Australian) and Junior Teinakore Teremoana Tangauru (Pukapuka/Atiu).
His siblings are Temii, Puapii, Teremoana, Grace, Tongalewu and Teokotai.
He has heritage to the
islands of Pukapuka through his paternal grandfather Teremoana Tangauru and
grandmother Mii Tungane from Atiu.
Teremoana Samson Teremoana Jr will be competing at the upcoming Pacific Games for Australia. 23100321
Last month Teremoana’s
parents, siblings, and maternal grandparents visited Rarotonga for a holiday,
staying in the village of Pue where his father was raised until the age of
His parents are
incredibly proud of their son’s hard work, commitment, discipline, and success.
Teremoana’s father says: “The whole family in general
is so proud of him, he has worked very hard since 2020 when he became serious.”
“Alicia also does a lot of work behind the scenes. Also,
he spoke at his grandfather’s funeral whom he is named after and promised to
take his name Teremoana around the world.”
His grandfather Danny
Spendiff said, “From a grandparents’ point of view, we are more than happy to
support him so he can concentrate on his training and skills and keep focused.
He is a qualified plumber too.”
“It’s been great to watch
his evolution since he was a young boy, and there is now a massive difference
in his skills level and attitude.”
Teremoana started boxing
when he was around 12 years of age, and was crowned the Cook Islands Super
Heavyweight Champion back in 2017.
He made the decision to
step away from professional ranks in December 2022 in order to focus on
preparing for the 2024 Olympic Games.
Since then, he has had
the opportunity to represent Australia in three international tournaments. Two
of these tournaments took place earlier in the year in February, in Europe.
In the Bocsvai Tournament
in Hungary, Teremoana faced Lithuania in the first round and emerged victorious
with a TKO (technical knockout out) in the first round. However, he lost his
second fight against the Ukrainian gold medallist from the European Games.
In Bulgaria, he participated
in the prestigious Strandja Tournament where he faced the silver medallist from
the European Games representing Georgia in the first round. He won by decision
to advance to the next round.
Up against the Brazilian
Olympic bronze medallist in the second round, he lost by split decision.
In April, Teremoana was
sent to India to train with the Indian National boxing team for two weeks in
preparation for the upcoming World Championships in Uzbekistan, which were
scheduled for May. He said the purpose of this training was to engage in
international sparring with some of the best boxers from India.
In May, he travelled to
Kazakhstan for a one-week training camp, just before the World Championships.
At the World Champs in
the first round, he faced a boxer from France and won by unanimous decision. In
the next round, he fought against the reigning Olympic and World gold medallist
“It was a tough fight,
but unfortunately, I lost due to prematurely being stopped," he said.
Looking ahead to his next
goal of qualifying for the Olympic Games, Teremoana needed to participate in
the necessary trials to secure a spot. He won the state selection and advanced
to the National Australian titles in Perth in August.
In the first round, he
was up against South Australia and won by a second-round TKO, earning a place
in the final. Facing a New South Wales boxer in the final, he emerged
victorious with a second-round TKO, claiming the 2023 Australian Champion
Standing in greatness at
6’6, Teremoana remains steadfast and focused on his Olympics goal with the
support of his close-knit family.