Nyika was born in Hamilton and first started boxing in 2009, when he was 14.

He won the New Zealand Junior National Championships three consecutive years in a row from 2011 to 2013. 

At the age of 18, he won the New Zealand National Championships and then went on to win a gold medal in the light heavyweight division at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Nyika was the first Kiwi boxer to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games since Michael Kenny in 1990 and was the first New Zealander to step on to the podium for any boxing medal since 2002.

He moved up to the heavyweight division the following year.

If he wins gold again in 2018, Nyika would break Bill Kini’s 50-year-old record as New Zealand’s most successful Commonwealth Games boxer. Kini won a silver medal at the 1962 Perth Games and then gold at the 1966 Kingston Games.

After missing out on qualifying for the Rio Olympics in 2016, Nyika has his sights set on competing at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and then qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Boxer David Nyika. Credit: Photosport
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