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Azumah Nelson

Azumah Nelson

Azumah Nelson is a Ghanaian former professional boxer who competed from 1979 to 2008. He was a two-weight world champion, having held the WBC featherweight title from 1984 to 1987 and the WBC super-featherweight title twice between 1988 and 1997

1958

Born
19 July 1958

Born

Azumah Nelson was born on July 19, 1958, in Accra, Ghana

1978

Amateur career
01 July 1978

Amateur career

Nelson achieved remarkable success in boxing, earning gold medals in the featherweight category at the 1978 All-Africa Games and 1978 Commonwealth Games, while also being honored as the Amateur Boxer of the Year by the Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) in that same year.

1982

Professional career
01 July 1982

Professional career

Despite being relatively unknown outside of Ghana despite his early achievements, Azumah Nelson became a decisive underdog when he challenged WBC featherweight champion Salvador Sánchez on short notice, ultimately losing the fight by knockout in the fifteenth round. However, Nelson went on to win the WBC featherweight championship in 1984 by knocking out Wilfredo Gómez in the eleventh round and later claimed the WBC super featherweight title in 1988 and 1995, but lost the titles to Genaro Hernandez in 1997.

2014

Biography
01 July 2014

Biography

Published in 2014 by Strategic Book Publishing, "The Professor - The Life Story of Azumah Nelson" is a biography of Azumah Nelson written by Ashley Morrison.

2023

Legacy
01 July 2023

Legacy

The sports complex located in Kaneshie, Accra, was named in honor of Azumah Nelson.

2023

Personal life
01 July 2023

Personal life

Azumah Nelson has six children, including his son Dalvin Azumah Nelson Junior, whom he is training as a boxer, and he is currently married to Priscilla Boakye Nelson. In July 2018, he organized a fight night to celebrate his 60th birthday at the Bukom Boxing Arena, which featured bouts between fighters from top gyms in the country and was attended by notable dignitaries.

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