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10 of the best Ghanaian boxers

Azumah Nelson
10 of the best boxers to have come out of Ghana

1. AZUMAH NELSON
Regarded by many as the greatest African fighter in history, Nelson is a former WBC featherweight and two-time super-featherweight champion. He contested 24 world title fights during his Hall of Fame career.

2. IKE QUARTEY
Quartey successfully defended the WBA welterweight crown on seven occasions, prior to losing the belt outside of the ring. The man with the masterful jab dropped a controversial verdict to Oscar De La Hoya.

3. DAVID KOTEY
Popularly known as “D.K Poison”, Kotey became Ghana’s first-ever world titlist when he took the WBC featherweight strap from Ruben Olivares in 1975. He lost it to Danny Lopez in his third defence.

4. JOSHUA CLOTTEY
The teak-tough Clottey claimed IBF welterweight honours by overcoming Zab Judah. He pushed Miguel Cotto extremely hard during a split decision defeat and also faced Manny Pacquiao in a high-profile clash.

5. FLOYD ROBERTSON
While reigning as the Empire (Commonwealth) featherweight king, Robertson twice challenged for the world title at 126lbs. In his first crack at the championship, he looked unfortunate to lose to Sugar Ramos.

6. NANA YAW KONADU
Konadu dethroned WBC super-flyweight champ Gilberto Roman and also enjoyed two stints as WBA bantamweight boss. His first spell as WBA ruler began with a victory over Veeraphol Sahaprom.

7. JOSEPH AGBEKO
A two-time IBF bantamweight belt-holder, Agbeko upset Vic Darchinyan during his first run as champion. His second reign came to an end when Abner Mares got past him in contentious circumstances.

8. ISAAC DOGBOE
The exciting Dogboe tore the WBO super-bantamweight title from Nonito Donaire-conqueror Jessie Magdaleno. Despite being deposed by Emanuel Navarrete, he remains a contender at 122lbs.

9. ROY ANKRAH
After winning over a century of bouts in his homeland, Ankrah took his considerable talents to the UK, where he collected the Empire (Commonwealth) featherweight crown and fought in a world title final eliminator.

10. RICHARD COMMEY
Similarly to Dogboe, Commey is an ex-world titlist who is still highly rated in his division. Before having his IBF lightweight belt taken by Teofimo Lopez, he had triumphed in two title contests.

Read an interview with Richard Commey here

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