Wednesday, September 2, 2015


   Utah's Samson Po'uha was a well respected amateur who earned both the 1991 National Golden Gloves Title, and the 1992 AAU Title in the Super Heavyweight division.

   The Tongan KO artist turned pro on Nov. 25, 1992, with a first round knockout of Steve Cortez on the undercard of the Orlin Norris/David Sewell NABF Cruiserweight Title fight.  He then went on a tear stopping 12 straight opponents with only 3 of them making it past the 2nd round.

   His first loss came against IBO/WBF Heavyweight Title challenger Craig Payne.  Samson was stopped in the 6th round.  He then scored 3 more first round knockouts with respected Journeyman Martin Foster among those victims.

   He took his 15-1, 15 ko record into the big showdown fight televised on USA Netowork, against fellow hot prospect, undefeated Andrew Golota (23-0, 20 ko's).  It was a wild affair which included a desperately hurt Golota biting the neck of Po'uha to survive.  The tactic worked and earned Golota enough time to clear his head, and go on to stop Po'uha in round 5.  Golota would later admit that he was hurt, and had never been hit that hard in his life.

   Po'uha got back on track with 4 victories including a hotly contested split decision victory against former USBA Light Heavyweight Champion Frankie Swindell, and a 4th round tko of former NABF Heavyweight Champion "Smoking" Bert Cooper.  Po'uha would get a rematch with Frankie Swindell which ended in a draw.

  Even though he was world ranked, and a fan favorite, Samson was never given a title shot.  He fought his last fight nearly a decade after turning pro, on April 21 of 2002.  He lost a majority decision on scores of 91-99 & 93-97, with 1 judge seeing it even at 95-95 to World Ranked Sherman Williams (19-6-1, 13 ko).

Click HERE to see Samson Po'uha's complete pro ledger.

If you would like to see this heavyweight powerhouse in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. STEVE CORTEZ                        [ko-1] (Pro Debut)
2. PATRICK SMITH                      [tko-4]
3. WILLIE JACKSON                    [tko-1]
4. WARREN WILLIAMS               [tko-1]
5. EDDIE GONZALEZ                   [ko-1]
6. JASON WALLER                      [tko-1]
7. MIKE ROUSE                            [tko-8] (HL ONLY)
8. MARTIN FOSTER                     [tko-1]
9. ANDREW GOLOTA                  [tko-by-5]
10. JIMMY HAYNES                     [tko-2]
11. FRANKIE SWINDELL #1       [w-10]
12. BERT COOPER                       [tko-4]
13. JESSE FERGUSON                 [tko-by-8]
14. SHREMAN WILLIAMS          [L-10] (Po'uha's LAST Pro Bout)


2. BOBBY HARRIS JR.                              (Rds.1 & 3 of 3)
3. ROBERTO BALADO (Cuba)                 (Pan Am Games)
4. SAM BRYANT #2                                 (1/4/91)

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Nickname: Machine Gun

   New Mexico's Marty Maestas got a late start in boxing, but accomplished much.  After a successful amateur career, including a state ABF Golden Gloves Championship, he turned professional on August, 5 1995.  Marty's first pro fight was a 4 round war against fellow Albuquerquean Jacob "Razor Sharp" Romero, and has become remembered as one of the great battles in New Mexico boxing history.  It ended in a 3 way split draw.

   Maestas never fought for a professional title, but was involved in many memorable bouts, and became a local favorite squaring off with many of the other local pro boxers.  He became known as a fighter who would accept any bout offered to him.

   Marty's last pro fight came on Feb. 19, 2000 as he battled up & coming New Mexico KO artist "Amazing" Adriano Sanchez (6-1, 6 ko's).  He was stopped in round 5 of this battle.

Click Here for:
Marty Maestas complete Pro Ledger

If you would like to see Marty Maestas in action, I have the following bouts available on DVD:

1. JACOB ROMERO                                     [Draw-4] (Pro Debut)
2. STEVE VALDEZ (of Ariz.)                         [ko-by-1]
3. RUDY CHAVEZ                                        [ko-by-1]
4. CHRIS LINSON                                        [tko-by-3]
5. ERNEST PARGAS                                    [w-4]
6. JOSE TERAZAS                                        [L-4]
7. JOSE RAMIREZ                                        [L-6]
8. KEVIN LOWTHER                                   [L-4]
9. MARK URIOSTE                                      [L-DQ-by-5]
10. ANTHONY MORA                                 [w-4]


1. Tony Guerrero
2. Jeff Davis
3. Alejandro Valles
4. Frank Estrada #2
5. Charles Gallegos
6. Jacob Romero
7. C. Linson Jr. #1
8. Chris Linson Jr. #2

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