David Nyika earns high praise for quick win in UK

David Nyika dishes out punishment to Anthony Carpin in Manchester.


David Nyika dishes out punishment to Anthony Carpin in Manchester.

New Zealand cruiserweight David Nyika earned high praise for his quick win on his British boxing debut on Sunday.

The double Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Olympic bronze medallist showed his class in three quick minutes at the Manchester Arena, as he pummelled France’s Anthony Carpin into submission.

Carpin cried off with an elbow injury after the first round of a scheduled four where he hardly fired a shot and took some heavy blows from Nyika.

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It was another impressive glimpse of the potential of Nyika but another frustrating experience in just his second professional fight.

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His pro debut in Auckland was called off after just 30s over Jesse Maio.

Nyika presented himself in immaculate condition for this latest fight on the undercard of the Joseph Parker v Derek Chisora rematch and his skills were as good as his appearance.

David Nyika soaks up his Manchester win with his corner team.


David Nyika soaks up his Manchester win with his corner team.

Britain’s former world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew was genuinely impressed by what he witnessed.

“He looks like a real talent,” Bellew, part of the classy commentary team said.

“There is some real spite in his punches.”

The consensus amongst the panel was that Nyika “is here to stay and is clearly a boxer with a massively high ceiling”.

And the British press agreed, with The Standard reporting: “David Nyika may well be a name worth remembering for the coming years, that was a pretty elegant one-round showcase.”

British Boxing News liked Nyika’s methods, reporting: “The New Zealander mixed his attacks from head to body and was able to land freely on the Frenchman, who had such a torrid time in the opener that he retired on his stool. He complained his left elbow was hindering him, and he couldn’t continue safely, but he took so much punishment in just three minutes that his left eye was reddened and badly marked already. There’s no way Carpin could’ve survived a full four rounds.”

Nyika, with his name and a fern proudly displayed on the waist of his trunks, dominated from the opening bell. He snapped out his jab quickly and soon started unloading some heavy punches.

They were frequently delivered in combinations and Carpin, in his 14th professional fight, quickly realised he was out-classed.

David Nyika snaps out a jab against France's Anthony Carpin in Manchester.


David Nyika snaps out a jab against France’s Anthony Carpin in Manchester.

Nyika dominated the ring, pinning his opponent to the ropes or getting him into the corners where he unloaded.

Carpin limped off to his own corner once the bell sounded to end the opening round, and was in obvious pain. He complained of an elbow issue, and he was retired from the fight.

Nyika put his had up for more work in Britain where he has been training with Parker at the home gym of Tyson Fury in Morecambe, soaking up everything he can.

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