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Paea Wolfgramm

Full name: Paea Wolfgramm
Nickname(s): The Tongan Warrior
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 309 lbs (140 kg)
Born: December 1, 1969 in [unknown], Vava'u, Tonga
Country: TGA Tonga
Sport: Boxing

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Wolfgramm was a former rugby player who had not boxed until the age of twenty-one. After only 24 bouts he qualified for the Olympics but was considered a rank outsider in the super-heavyweight. Wolfgramm caused one of the greatest upsets in Olympic boxing when he defeated Cuba’s [Alexis Rubalcaba] in their quarter-final bout and then scored the decisive punch with only a few seconds left to win his semi-final against [Duncan Dokiwari]. Despite King Taufa'ahou Topu IV of Tonga ordering a day of prayer for the Tongan nation to help him, Wolfgramm was unable to defeat [Wladimir Klitchko] of the Ukraine for the gold medal but he did become the first Tongan Olympic medallist.

Embarking on a professional career after the Games he won twenty of his twenty-five professional fights but his most important fight, a rematch with Klitschko this time for the WBC International heavyweight title, ending in a crushing first round defeat.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Boxing Men's Super-Heavyweight Tonga TGA 2 Silver

Men's Super-Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result S R1S R2S R3S MR
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Boxing Tonga TGA Final Round Match 1/2 2 1996-08-04 Klitschko (UKR) , Wolfgramm (TGA) 3 0 2 1
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Boxing Tonga TGA Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1996-08-02 Wolfgramm (TGA) , Dokiwari (NGR) 7 decision
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Boxing Tonga TGA Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1996-08-02 Wolfgramm (TGA) , Rubalcaba (CUB) 17 decision
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Boxing Tonga TGA Round Two Match #5 1 1996-07-27 Wolfgramm (TGA) , Dukhovich (BLR) 10 decision
1996 Summer 26 Atlanta Boxing Tonga TGA Round One Match #9 1 1996-07-23 Wolfgramm (TGA) bye
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