Lemanu fights for new life
SIMONE Lemanu is punching his way to redemption.
A life in the boxing ring and not behind bars is now the plan for the Samoan-born heavyweight.
The 39-year-old from Hervey Bay spent eight months in prison after he admitted he found himself on the wrong side of the tracks some years ago.
He knew then he had to change his life for the better and he’s done just that.
The big-hitting Lemanu is now a youth worker, doing his best to help keep kids on the straight and narrow and teaching them right from wrong – he doesn’t want them to make the same mistake he made.
But helping kids is not the only goal for the born-again Christian – he’s determined to make an impression in the professional boxing ranks.
Lemanu, who is related by marriage to another Samoan professional boxer, David “Tuamanator” Tua, has already won the Global Boxing Australian heavyweight belt as an amateur.
He was due to make his pro debut on Jarrod Fletcher’s card before the event got cancelled last month but he’s not about to give up on his dream and he should have a bout next month.
“I’ve worked hard to get my life back on track and now I’m determined to give boxing my best shot,” Lemanu said.
“I realise I won’t win any world titles at my age but I’ll certainly give it everything in every fight.
“This is my chance to live my dream and show the kids anything is possible.”