History | Sep 19 2017

On This Day: Azumah Nelson was born in 1958

Azumah Nelson was perhaps the greatest African fighter of all-time, writes Daniel Herbert
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SEVERAL candidates have been proposed for the title of greatest fighter ever to have come out of Africa. Nigeria’s Dick Tiger was world champion at both middleweight and light-heavy (when there was no super-middle division between), while South Africa’s Vic Toweel was undisputed world bantam king.

But for many the best is an easy choice: Azumah Nelson. The Ghanaian reigned as WBC featherweight king from 1984-87 and twice held the WBC title up a weight at 9st 4lbs. His second reign at the higher weight ended in January 1997, when he was 38 years old and nearly 15 years past his first world title contest.

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