1 Jun 2015

Sport: Boxer overcomes demons to target Pacific Games glory

12:11 pm on 1 June 2015

The American Samoa boxer George Tanoa Jr says he's already won the battle of his life against drugs and alcohol ahead of the Pacific Games, which start in July.

Tanoa Jr is the country's only boxer at the games, and says his boxing talent is a gift from God and he'll show what he's capable of when he steps in the ring.

He will fight in the Papua New Guinea games in the cruiserweight division.

Tanoa Jr. told Samoa News he didn't know that he would be a boxer when he was younger, having grown up around drugs and alcohol.

He has previously fought and defeated the 14th Pacific Games gold medalist, Petelo Matagi, and Henry Tyrell, who represented Samoa at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland.