Azumah Nelson prophesies the future of Ghana boxing

Professor Azumah Nelson believes there's hope for Ghana boxing

Legendary Ghanaian boxer, Azumah Nelson has prophesies that Ghana will soon regain its lost glory in boxing on the world stage by producing world champions.

According to the ‘Professor’ as affectionally called, with right structures being put in place Ghana boxing will reproduce world-class boxers to raise the flag of the country high.

Ghana has failed to produce a world champion since 2019 after Richard Commey secure the IBF Lighterweight title and achieved the feat having knock down Russian Isa Chianew in a second-round knockout.

Azumah Nelson, however, is of the view that producing and harnessing talented and potential boxers in the near future is not beyond the country owing to its rich history of boxing greats.

He was thus quick and admitted that achieving such successes demands ample time amidst making available befitting training facilities and other equally important things to complement efforts.

“There is time for everything, I believe that maybe God is preparing 20 world champions at a time. Things look like I mean mess-up or something but when …. You see, before we have only one champions which is D.K Poison, you know, he showed us the way.

“When we came, from D.K Poison, Azumah Nelson to Ike Quartey and Alfred Quartey and a whole lot who came and today we’ve all fade out. So, I believed that the next ones coming will be 20 world champions and the same way maybe they can go in same manner for 50 world champions to come,”

Professor Azumah Nelson made the projection while speaking to journalists in July 2023 on the sideline of his 65th birthday celebration.

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As part of the birthday celebration, the legendary boxer engaged over 60 novice boxers from various clubs where he took these juvenile boxers through series of boxing drills and shadow boxing.

The former boxing champions is widely regarded as one of the best boxers to have ever emerged from Africa, having achieved impressive record of 39 wins, including 27 by knockout and six defeats in 47 matches.

He also achieves other feat such as the WBC featherweight title between 1984 to 1987 as well as the WBC super-featherweight title between 1988 and 1987.

He added to his name Gold medals at the 1978 Edmonton Commonwealth Games and the All-Africa Games in Algeria same year.

Professor Azumah Nelson was honored in 2004 by inducting him into the International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota, New York.

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