Birmingham Commonwealth Games: David Nyika (Boxing)

  • 01/01/2022

David Nyika

Age: 26

Born: August 7, 1995 at Hamilton

Height: 1.93m

Event: Heavyweight boxing

Trainer: Andy Lee

David Nyika will attempt to achieve a piece of Commonwealth Games history, when he tries to become the first boxer to win gold medals at three consecutive Games, albeit in different weight classes.

He won the light-heavyweight division at Glasgow 2014 and heayweight at Gold Coast 2018, and will contest the heavier class again at Birmingham.

In between, Nyika won New Zealand's first Olympic boxing medal since David Tua struck bronze at Barcelona 1992, reaching the Tokyo semi-finals, before losing to Russia Muslim Gadzhimagomedov.

David Nyika celebrates his Tokyo Olympics bronze medal
David Nyika celebrates his Tokyo Olympics bronze medal. Photo credit: Photosport

Along with Black Ferns Sevens captain Sarah Hirini, Nyika was selected as flagbearer for the Tokyo opening ceremony, after scheduling forced rower Hamish Bond to withdraw, but his Olympic campaign was marred by the antics of Moroccan Youness Baalla, who tried to bite Nyika's ear in the round of 16 bout.

Nyika has already begun his professional career with three victories, including two very quick knockouts, as he trains alongside world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Kiwi former champion Joseph Parker.