Participants

David NYIKA

David NYIKA
    Boxing
Birth Date:  07 Aug 1995
Age:  22
Gender:   Men
Height (cm):  192
Weight (Kg):  0

Events and Medals


Sport Event Rank
BOX Boxing Men's 91kg 1 Gold

David NYIKA - Schedule


Schedule
Time Event Status
Fri, 6 Apr 13:55
Men's 91kg Round of 16
David NYIKA
W
Yakita ASKA
L
Finished
Tue, 10 Apr 15:32
Men's 91kg Quarterfinal 3
Christian NDZIE TSOYE
L
David NYIKA
W
Finished
Fri, 13 Apr 15:42
Bronze Medal Event Men's 91kg Semifinal 2
David NYIKA
W
Cheavon CLARKE
L
Finished
Sat, 14 Apr 14:52
Gold Medal Event Men's 91kg Final Bout
Jason WHATELEY
L
David NYIKA
W
Finished

Legend

L: Lost
W: Winner

Biographical Information


Highlights
Commonwealth Games
YearLocationEventRank
2014 Glasgow, SCO Men's 81kg 1

World Championships
YearLocationEventRank
2017 Hamburg, GER Men's 91kg QF
2015 Doha, QAT Men's 91kg R16

Hobbies

Working with wood and doing carpentry (Athlete, 26 Jun 2017)


Occupation: Athlete, model (Athlete, 26 Jun 2017)
Languages spoken: English
Position style: Orthodox (Athlete, 26 Jun 2017)
Sporting relatives

Older brother, Joshua, is also a member of the New Zealand boxing team. (aiba.org, 13 Jun 2017)


Other sports

NYIKA wanted to be an Olympic long-distance runner and believed his east-African heritage, from his Ugandan grandfather, could give him an advantage. But he suffered from joint pain and had to quit. (nzherald,co.nz, 3 Jan 2016)


Injuries

Broke his hand in a sparring session in January 2016, but has broken both his hands in recent years. (stuff.co.nz, 21 Feb 2016)


Reason: Always wanted to beat up his older brother Josh and started training as a boxer. (Athlete, 26 Jun 2017)
Ambition: A gold medal at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and to get good enough to have a voice. (Athlete, 26 Jun 2017)
Memorable: Gold medal win at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. Victory in the men's 91kg category at the 2015 Oceania Confederation Boxing Championships and representing the British Lionhearts in the World Series of Boxing in 2017. (Athlete, 26 Jun 2017)
Hero: His mother, Susie (Athlete, 26 Jun 2017)
Influence: His father, Simon (Athlete, 26 Jun 2017)
Ritual: Wearing good socks and having strong coffee. (Athlete, 26 Jun 2017)
Additional information

SPLIT
Revealed he was training alone in empty car parks after splitting from long-time coach Rick ELLIS before the 2017 AIBA World Championships in Hamburg, Germany. ELLIS had been his coach since he was 14. NYIKA's brother, Josh, has been helping his preparations for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games by taking on an interim coaching role. (stuff.co.nz, 12 Sep 2017; msn.com, 25 Sep 2017)


PICTURE PERFECT
Sometimes works as a male model. (red11.co.nz; 5 Jul 2017)


MULTICULTURAL
His father, Simon, is half-Ugandan, half-Welsh, and his mother, Susie, is half-English. His paternal grandparents left Uganda for New Zealand in the 1970s during the Idi AMIN regime. He also has a British passport. (Athlete, 26 Jun 2017; nzherald.co.nz, 3 Jan 2016)


TOUGH DEFEAT
Lost a 4-1 decision to the defending champion, Russia's Evgeny TISCHENKO, in the quarterfinals of the World Championships in Hamburg, Germany, despite many people thinking he won the fight. (nzherald.co.nz, 30 Aug 2017)

PREPARATION
Retained by World Series Boxing franchise, British Lionhearts, and has been training at the English Institute of Sport in the lead-up to the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. (New Zealand Olympic Committee, 22 Feb 2018)

DECISION
Announced that he will turn professional after the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, if a decision is not made on amateur boxing's future at the Olympic Games. "If the AIBA is banned from the Olympics in Tokyo (2020) I will be looking to turn professional before then. Possibly after the Commonwealth Games. I wouldn't expect High Performance to fund a sport that has corruption in it - the professional ranks are calling, but I just have to be patient." (radionz.co.nz, 22 Feb 2018)


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Legend

Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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