Mount Annan fighter fulfills promise to late parents to win a belt

Tim 'The Tornado' Seuala is feeling on top of the world after winning his first title fight.

The Mount Annan resident promised his parents, before they died in a tsunami in Western Samoa in 2009, that he would win a belt - and now he's delivered.

The 44-year-old took out his age division in the the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) Australian Boxing Masters held at the Sunshine Coast's Caloundra RSL a fortnight ago.

He was able to make it home just before Queensland's borders were shut.

"It was very lucky I was able to get the fight in," Sueala said. "But I won, and I was able to do my parents proud.

"They both passed in a tsunami in 2009, and I told them before that I would bring them a belt.

"Now I have a belt, I fulfilled my promise."

Seuala said his fight win also served as inspiration for his children.

"I want to show that that you can do anything if you try," he said.

"It doesn't matter about your age, your size - if you work hard you can win."

Seuala (when gyms aren't closed) trains with Anthony Redward at Smeaton Grange's Grange High Performance gym. He also keeps up his fitness training with his kids in local parks.

He said he was proud to win the title for Australia and for Samoa, and hopes he has honoured his promise to his parents.

"I also told them I would be a role model for my kids, and now they can see what I have done and they can achieve it too," Seuala said.

"They never have to feel like they're not good enough."

Seuala has been boxing for about five years. He also trains in mixed martial arts, kickboxing and muay thai.

He is also a rugby league referee, but his duties for this season have been suspended due to COVID-19.

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