Jimmy Thunder (born February 3, 1966 in Apia, Western Samoa as James Peau), is a former Samoan boxer who fought in several noteworthy boxing matches in the 1990s and 2000s. Thunder is also a cousin of professional wrestling and film superstar Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
His mother Papaliitele Milagi Leaupepe is from the village of Fasitoouta, and his father Lupematasila Maalo Faasavalu Peau is from the village of Falelatai. Jimmy was born 3rd out of six siblings. He has only one sister, Shelley, and four other brothers, Arthur, Niu, Jhonnie & Christopher. They all grew up in Auckland New Zealand. Jimmy is also a direct descendant of the paramount royal chief of Samoa Malietoa NatuitasinaTaimalelagi from his grandmother's side. She was Malelega, daughter of Aionofaasisina, son of Pouvi Malietoa who was the son of Malietoa Natuitasina Taimalelagi. Jimmy was also bestowed the chief title 'Ti'a' in Fasitoouta Samoa in 1996.
On the March 18, 1997, an edition of USA's Tuesday Night Fights, Thunder met Crawford Grimsley in a scheduled 10 round main event. In the first 1.7 seconds of the first round, Grimsley threw a lazy left and Thunder countered with an overhand right hand that sent Grimsley crashing to the canvas. By the time the referee waved the fight as a knockout the time of the fight had been recorded as 10 seconds in the first round. It is the fastest knock-out ever recorded in a professional boxing event. Thunder was last known to be living in Las Vegas. He has 2 sons and 1 daughter They're names are Keli Peau,Julius Peau,Louis Peau.