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Azumah Nelson has been voted the greatest boxer in Ghana by Boxrec. He fought 46 bouts in his entire career winning 39 of them with 28 Kos. Read Azumah nelson Biography and more about his career here.

Azumah Nelson Profile

Azumah Nelson was born on born 19 July 1958 in Bukom, Accra, Ghana. Azumah Nelson always wanted to fight at as a boy. Boxing was his hobby. He tried on several occasions in the streets but was led into the gym to face the best boxer at the time. The boy beat him, but that did not matter. Azumah kept coming back and eventually was able to take on the man with success. That was when he began to train as a boxer.

Azumah Nelson’s Professional Career

After going 50-1 as an amateur and a Commonwealth championship as a featherweight, Nelson picked up gold in the featherweight division at the Edmonton games in 1978.

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After this success, he turned professional and within 10 fights he was the holder of the Ghanaian, African and Commonwealth belts. He went 13-0 to start his pro career.

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Amateur Career

  • Amateur Record: 50-2
  • 1978 All-Africa Games Featherweight Gold Medalist in Algiers, Algeria.
  • 1978 Commonwealth Games Featherweight Gold Medalist in Edmonton, Canada. Results:
    • Defeated Siaosi Poto (Samoa) RSC 2
    • Defeated Guy Boutin (Canada) PTS
    • Defeated John Sichula (Zambia) PTS
  • 1978 CISM Military World Championships Featherweight Gold medalist in Lagos, Nigeria.
  • 1979 World Cup Light Welterweight Bronze Medalist in New York City, United States. Results:
    • Defeated Brian Tink (Australia) RSC 3
    • Lost to Serik Konakbaev (Soviet Union) RET 3

International Boxing Hall of Fame Record

  • Azumah has a record of 2-3-1 (2 KO) against International Boxing Hall of Fame inductees:

°Won against Wilfredo Gomez & Jeff Fenech.

°Lost against Salvador Sanchez, Pernell Whitaker & Jeff Fenech.

°Drew with Jeff Fenech.

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Azumah Nelson’s Professional Record 

Championship Record

  • Has a record of 18-4-2 (12 KO) in world title fights.
  • Has a record of 9-6-2 (4 KO) against former, current or future world titlists:
  • Won against Wilfredo Gomez, Marcos Villasana(twice), Juan Laporte, Jeff Fenech, Calvin Grove, Gabriel Ruelas (twice), Jesse James Leija.
  • Lost against Salvador Sanchez, Pernell Whitaker, Jesse James Leija (twice), Genaro Hernandez, Jeff Fenech.
  • Drew with Jeff Fenech, Jesse James Leija.

List of Boxers Azumah Nelson Fought

Jeff Fenech
Jesse James Leija
Genaro Hernández
Jesse James Leija
Gabriel Ruelas
Jesse James Leija
Jesse James Leija
Gabriel Ruelas
Calvin Grove
Jeff Fenech
Jeff Fenech
Daniel Mustapha
Juan Laporte
Pernell Whitaker
Jim McDonnell
Mario Martínez
Sidnei Dal Rovere
Lupe Suarez
Mario Martínez
Marcos Villasana
Mauro Gutierrez
Aaron Duribe
Danilo Cabrera
Marcos Villasana
Pat Cowdell
Juvenal Ordenes
Wilfredo Gómez
Hector Cortez
Kabiru Akindele
Alberto Collazo
Alvin Fowler
Ricky Wallace
Irving Mitchell
Salvador Sánchez
Mukaila Bukare
Charm Chiteule
Kabiru Akindele
Brian Roberts
Miguel Ruiz
Don George
Aziza Bossou
Joe Skipper

Azumah Nelson Biography

Career Statistics

  • Stopped in fifteen rounds by WBC Featherweight Champion Salvador Sanchez at Madison Square Garden on July 21, 1982. Nelson took the fight on short notice after Mario Miranda pulled out with an injury. Sanchez died in a car accident the following month.
  • Stopped Wilfredo Gomez in eleven rounds to win the WBC Featherweight Championship on December 8, 1984.
  • Defeated Mario Martinez by a twelve-round split decision to win the vacant WBC Super Featherweight Championship on February 29, 1988.
  • Challenged Pernell Whitaker for the WBC/IBF Lightweight Championship on May 19, 1990, and lost by a twelve-round unanimous decision.
  • Successfully defended the WBC Super Featherweight Championship with a controversial draw against Jeff Fenech on June 28, 1991.
  • Had a rematch with Jeff Fenech on March 1, 1992, and stopped him in eight rounds to retain the WBC Super Featherweight Championship. It was named The Ring Magazine Upset of the Year.
  • Lost the WBC Super Featherweight Championship to Jesse James Leija by a twelve-round unanimous decision on May 7, 1994.
  • Fought Jesse James Leija four times: Nelson was 1-2-1 against Leija.
  • Regained the WBC Super Featherweight Championship with a fifth-round TKO of Gabriel Ruelas on December 1, 1995. Nelson was named The Ring Magazine Comeback of the Year fighter for 1995.
  • Nelson’s longtime trainer, Jose “Buffalo” Martin, was killed in a car accident on January 4, 1998.
  • Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004.
  • After a ten-year layoff, 49-year-old Nelson fought 44-year-old Jeff Fenech, who had not fought in twelve years, on June 24, 2008. Fenech won by a ten-round majority decision.