AmSam gaining reputation for powerhouse wrestlers, boxers
American Samoa has seen its share of gladiators on the football field in the past, present and hopefully in the future, but the territory is also starting to become recognized as a powerhouse in the steel cage and boxing ring.
For boxing fans, American Samoa’s very own professional boxer Alapati ‘Heat Man’ Aasa, who has a professional boxing record of 2-0 will be fighting Sigapoa Asiata of Apia, Samoa this coming Saturday night at the Veterans Memorial stadium in the main event in the South Seas Professional Boxing bouts.
Asiata, who is no stranger to the ring, will be coming into this fight with 14 professional fights under his belt, with 12 of those fights marked in the win column.
One of the two loses suffered by Asiata, was at the hands of the Heat Man when the American Samoa Sensation made his professional debut in May of last year in Samoa during the inaugural Pacific Rim Boxing Championship that was part of Samoa’s 50th Independence Day celebration. He was able to pull out a four round unanimous decision win over Asiata. Asiata will now being making a trip to the territory seeking a little bit of revenge.
The Heat Man’s last fight was this past June when he had a 2nd round TKO win in Samoa against Gogosina Ulutoa in a scheduled six round fight. The Heat Man’s longtime trainer and coach Toleafoa Henry Tavake, who is the head of the American Samoa National Amateur Boxing Council has stated in the past that Aasa is one of the most unique fighters he has ever trained in the past 30 years.
After his last fight in June, there have been rumors of fight fans assigning names to Aasa such as Mr. Technician and the Specialist, no doubt because of his ability to precisely hit his opponent with pin-point accuracy, without wasting punches.
He first made headlines in December of 2011 when he won the All Samoa Mosooi Amateur Championship title, which prompted Toleafoa to turn Aasa pro. Aasa who will be coming into this fight as a heavyweight with the weigh-ins scheduled to be taking place tomorrow at the Veterans Memorial Stadium with a scheduled starting time of 5:00 p.m, according to Toleafoa. Also on the card Saturday, American Samoa’s other Professional Heavyweight Henry Tupa’i along with two other professional fighters from Samoa who will be going head to head against one another. There will also be nine amateur bouts during the evening.
For the steel cage, American Samoa’s 2012 Olympic Qualifier for the sport of wrestling, CJ Floor, is competing in the sport of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and will be fighting in BJ Penn’s ‘Just Scrap XXI’ this coming September 27 in Hilo, Hawaii.
Floor, who sports a 2-0 record in MMA will be putting his undefeated record on the line in a rematch with Ashton Castro of Hilo. Floor defeated Castro earlier this year in a close match that had Floor taking two out of the three round fight. “I am focused and ready for this fight,” said Floor to Samoa News via email. “I thought I had a fight the next day, last time, and so I didn’t eat or drink anything, thinking I had to make weight. That caused me to tire early in that fight,” he explained.
He stated that this time he has does not have any distractions and he is looking forward to a good fight. Floor trains and fights out of the Hawaiian Fighting Arts Gym in Oahu under the watchful eye of American Samoa’s Deutsch Pu’u and is also a member of the Ca-Boom Wrestling Club based here in American Samoa.
Samoa News had a chance to speak with Floor’s father Carl Floor Sr. concerning his son’s upcoming fight who said, “This is another great challenge for CJ. Fighting an opponent who is as experienced as Ashton for a second time, is a great way to gage the lessons learned from the previous match and to test new tactics,” explained Floor Sr.
Floor Sr. explained CJ is a student of the game, whether it’s wrestling, kick boxing and any sport he has tried. He said that CJ has a very good coach in Pu’u and he is confident they have this figured out.
The young Floor probably would not be where he is today in MMA if not for Pu’u, who is a former champion in the sport. “CJ was requested and invited by BJ Penn’s Just Scrap XXI, which is an honor and a privilege considering CJ’s 2-0 amateur status,” said Pu’u.
According to Pu’u there will be two more American Samoans, who are residing in Hawai’i who will also be on the fight card on the 27th. The two American Samoan fighters, who also train out of the Hawaiian Fighting Arts Gym in Oahu are 19 year old Loren Su’a who will be making his heavyweight debut and his uncle, Tinei Su’a. The elder Su’a will be headlining the card when he steps into the cage against Hilo’s crowd favorite, Chad Thomas. The elder Su’a is also a former training partner for the retired Pu’u.
Samoa News also asked what the young Floor thought about the recent decision of the International Olympic Committee to reinstate wrestling back into the 2020 Olympic Games.
“I am happy that they brought it back. Wrestling is a great sport and I am looking forward to competing once again for American Samoa. I keep myself in top shape and I am always ready to rumble whether it is in wrestling or MMA,” he said.
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