Samoan-born New Zealand boxer Jimmy 'The Thunder' Peau dies, aged 54

Source: 1News

Samoan-born New Zealand boxer Jimmy "The Thunder" Peau has died.

After recent brain surgery on a tumour, Peau died peacefully in his sleep in Auckland Hospital this morning, aged 54.

Thunder grew up in Auckland and attended Onehunga High School.

In 1986, he won Commonwealth Games gold for New Zealand in Edinburgh.

After turning professional, Peau won the Australian heavyweight title twice and also won the IBO and WBF heavyweight titles.

His professional record of 49 fights includes 35 wins - 28 by knockout, and 14 losses.