| The Terror|
183 cm (72.0 in)
| Light Heavyweight|
182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
| Samuel Rapira
2 November 1983 (age 32)
New Plymouth, New Zealand (1983-11-02) |
New Plymouth, New Zealand
79.3 kg (175 lb; 12 st 7 lb)
Sam Rapira (boxer) Wikipedia
Sam Rapira (born 2 November 1983) is a New Zealand boxing promoter and professional boxer.
Rapira had a very well credentialed amateur career, fighting 70 fights before turning pro. Rapira was his own promoter, promoting every fight he has had in New Plymouth.
Rapira, his brother Jake and their co-owned boxing gym do regular charity work for the community and SPCA. There biggest contribution is organizing food banks for the winter months and Christmas Season. They donate to the community including the food banks on average a hundred times a month.
Born in, New Plymouth, New Zealand, Rapira is the cousin of New Zealand rugby league international, Sam Rapira.
Rapira has fought in seventy amateur boxing bouts, fighting local stars like Reece Papuni and Gunnar Jackson, Australian Damien Hooper, and German Champion, Enrice Koelling. Rapira biggest win was at the 2011 Arafura Games where he won the silver medal in the 81 kg division. The biggest upset of the tournament was when Rapira defeated world ranked number one at the time Vijender Singh. Sam Rapira was the captain of the New Zealand Boxing team, which went on to win five Golds and three Silvers.
In July 2016, Rapira Announced that he will be self promoting his 8th show with Rapira taking on Robert Berridge in the main event. This is one of New Zealand's most talked about dream fight in the light heavyweight weight division. The bout took place at TSB Stadium in September 2016. Berridge won the bout by unanimous decision. After the bout Berridge commented on how poor referee David Craig (who is also President of New Zealand National Boxing Federation) officiated the fight, with the lack of control and not stepping in when there was too much holding or wrestling.
On October 29, 2016, it was announced that Rapira would face Ryan Ford on February 17, 2017 for the Vacant UBO World Light Heavyweight Championship. He lost the fight via TKO in the ninth round.
On April 5, 2017, Rapira announced his retirement fight which will take place on May 26 against undefeated boxer, Tipene Maniapoto. Rapira final undercard will include the debut of Tania Reid going up against Wendy Talbot and Taranaki's Simon Jullen going against Taihiti's Tautu Brillant. A few days before the bout, Rapira announce that the fight was upgraded to a title bout for the PABA title. Rapira won the bout by Unanimous Decision with Maniapoto being knocked down multiple times throughout the bout.New Zealand National Boxing Federation
NZNBF Light Heavyweight Title (174¼ Ibs)
International Boxing Organization
IBO Asia Pacific Light Heavyweight Title (173¾ Ibs)
World Boxing Association
PABA Light Heavyweight Title