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

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

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The Samoan-born New Zealander died peacefully in his sleep at Auckland Hospital. Source: Breakfast

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.

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He passed away in Auckland after surgery on a brain tumour. Source: 1 NEWS

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

Joseph Parker hails Jimmy 'The Thunder' Peau, thanks him for paving the way for NZ-Samoan boxers

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

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In an interview with the Holmes show, Peau spoke about his nickname and the cutthroat nature of boxing. Source: 1 NEWS

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

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There had been an outpouring of grief from the boxing community who remembered Peau fondly, commentator Mike Angove said. Source: 1 NEWS