Behind The Gloves: Hemi “The Heat” Ahio

Professional heavyweight boxer, Hemi “The Heat” Ahio, from Auckland, New Zealand, is currently undefeated, and holds a 16-0 record, with 11 wins by way of knockout.

He is scheduled to fight on 27th February, at Spark Arena, the main undercard bout on Ducos Fa and Parker event, against Julian “Towering Inferno” Long. This fight will be a rematch as they fought each other in March 2019, where Ahio won via unanimous decision. He trains out of City Kickboxing gym, under charge of Coaches Doug Viney, Eugene Bareman, Steve Westsyde, Mike Angove and Coach Mooks.

Ahio took time out for NZ Fighter and talked about how he got into boxing, the rewards of being a combat sport athlete and shared his thoughts on the sport in NZ currently and in the near future.

Speaking about how he initially ventured into boxing, and combat sport, Ahio says that he always knew that he wanted to fight, and his uncle steered him towards checking out a gym to see if he could make something out of it.

“An uncle ov mines took me to Balmoral lee garr to meet a friend of his. Lolo Heimuli was tha coach at tha time and let me train . here iam now.”

He had his first boxing match ,in 2013, at Mangere Tavern, and when asked what brought it about, Ahio says,

“ ijust wanted to have a go in that ring ' get a feel for it.”

“Coach stays solid so we got to be too” is how he summarises what training with his coaches at City Kickboxing is like.

For Ahio, learning is the rewarding part about being a combat sport athlete

“Seein' tha young guns improve everyday, sharing ov taught lesson'ss and wearing good pain at tha gym, witt tha team..”

On what he thinks of combat sport in NZ currently, and in the next 5 years, Ahio says

“It’s gettin' more and more beautiful, with it being taught and learnt more now then even wen i started. the next 5 years NZ should shape a few more world champs whether its boxing, taekwondo, mma, judo, etc, we have real nightmares here, waitin' fo tha world to sleep on 'em..”

When he isn’t training, Ahio enjoys a bit of ice hockey, and Rugby World Cup series when it’s on, spending time at the beach and watching all the fights he can.

Without a doubt one of the most hardworking and exciting boxers to watch, he naturtally grabs and holds your attention when he is in the ring, is perspicacious and whip-smart, with a flair for knockouts to boot.

Find him at @hemi_ahio on Instagram and Hemi ‘The Heat’ Ahio on Facebook, to keep up with Ahios upcoming fights and boxing career.

(Pics from Duco Events and Hemi Ahio’s Instagram Pages)

Written by Agent 33