Tyrone “Cyclone” Tongia is a name hitting hard in boxing circles in Australia, becoming the Australian middle weight champion 18 months ago when he defeated Andrew Gosden. This young man is another example of a PNG Warrior making it big overseas.

Tyrone is the nephew of former Kyokushin karate champion Sensei Wally Schaubelt and also a former uchi-deshi with Shihan Cameron Quinn. However unlike his famous uncle, Tyrone has converted to the sweet science of boxing.

I recently found a music video on Youtube featuring him by Fortafy & Jagarizzar called Never Give Up. Jagarizzar is a popular PNG musician who is now based in Australia.