8. Azumah Nelson

There are little men who pack a wallop way above their weight and there’s Nelson, the greatest fighter to emerge from Africa

I witnessed the Ghanian chilling power from ringside. One sweeping, almost lazy, shot sent Pat Cowdell to sleep in the opening round at the NEC in 1985.

Nelson burst on the scene with a sterling, losing effort against Salvador Sanchez, and never looked back after that loss. In all, he won 18 feather and super-feather title fights between 1984 and 96 and beat real ironmen in Jeff Fenech and Juan Laporte

He held one portion of the title, Barry McGuigan the other. They never met, which was probably lucky for Barry.

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