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Maselino Masoe

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Name  Maselino Masoe
Division  Middleweight
Martial art  Boxing
Height  1.73 m
Role  Boxer

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Maselino Francis Masoe (born June 6, 1966 in Apia, Western Samoa) is a retired Samoan boxer who represented American Samoa at three Olympics starting with the 1988 Summer Olympics. As a professional, Masoe made history becoming the first Samoan boxer to win a major world title, defeating Kenyan born Evans Ashira on May 1st 2004 for the regular WBA world middleweight crown via second round Technical Knockout.He is the brother of rugby player Chris Masoe. Another brother, Mika, also represented American Samoa in boxing at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics.

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Amateur highlights

Represented American Samoa as a Welterweight at the 1988 Summer Olympic Games at Seoul. His results were:

  • Defeated Pedro Fria (Dominican Republic) RSC 1
  • Defeated Fidele Mohinga (Central African Republic) RSC 2
  • Lost to Kenneth Gould (United States) 0-5
  • Competed as a Light Middleweight for American Samoa in the 1992 Summer Olympic Games at Barcelona. Results were:

  • Defeated Hiroshi Nagashima (Japan) RSCI-3 (00:54)
  • Defeated Furas Hashim (Iraq) RSCH-1 (00:44)
  • Lost to Gy├Ârgy Mizsei (Hungary) 3-17
  • Competed as a Light Middleweight for American Samoa in the 1996 Summer Olympic Games at Atlanta. Results were:

  • Lost to Mohamed Marmouri (Tunisia) 8-11
  • Pro career

    Masoe moved to New Zealand where he began his pro career in 1997 and captured the Vacant WBA Middleweight Title by upsetting undefeated Evans Ashira in 2004. He lost the title to Felix Sturm in 2006.

    Professional titles won

  • Oceanic Boxing Association middleweight title (1998) 159 Ibs
  • IBF Pan Pacific middleweight title (1998) 158 Ibs
  • WBA - PABA middleweight title (2001) 160 Ibs
  • WBA regular World middleweight crown (2004) 159 Ibs
  • New Zealand National Boxing Federation super middleweight title (2008) 167 Ibs
  • WBO Asia Pacific super middleweight title (2008) 166 Ibs
  • References

    Maselino Masoe Wikipedia


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