Africa hasn’t just produced good boxers in the past, it had produced some of the best in the world.
SAMUEL PETER (NIGERIAN):
Samuel Peter of Nigeria won the WBC Heavyweight World Title in 2008. An incredibly strong boxer, he won 17 of his first 18 contests by knockout. He boxed some of the world’s best boxers of all time, and is without a doubt one of Africa’s greatest boxers.
In the ring he was known as “The Nigerian Nightmare” because of his incredible power. He was known for being able to knock men out in one punch, and he competed against some incredible opponents.
CORNELIOUS EDWARDS (UGANDA):
Born in Uganda, Cornelious Edwards won the WBC World Junior Lightweight title in 1981. Over his career he won 45 fights, 34 by knockout, and boxed many world champions. He currently lives in America and trains other boxers.
AZUMA NELSON (GHANIAN):
From Ghana, Azuma Nelson is widely considered by many experts as the greatest African boxer of all time. He won three world titles in his career, winning the featherweight title once, and super-featherweight title twice. He won his first world title in 1984 by knocking out Wilfredo Gomez in the 11th round and for the next three years he beat every challenger put in front of him. In 1987, he left the title to move up in weight and box bigger people. By 1988 he’d already become the Super-Featherweight world champion by beating Mario Martinez.
In his first 44 fights, he became world champion on three separate occasions. He lost only three fights, to some of the best fighters in the world, and drew only twice. He won the other 39 fights.
He was made a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame in 2004 in recognition of his incredible talent.
IKE QUARTEY (GHANIAN):
Quartey is a current member of Accra’s Ga tribe. He’s represented Ghana at the Olympic games as an amateur, and as a professional, he won the WBA welterweight title in 1994 by knocking out Christano Espana. Before the fight, Espana had never been defeated before.
Ike’s best weapon in boxing was his jab, many consider it to be one of the best jabs in boxing. It was powerful and accurate. Many boxers overlook the importance of the jab, but Quartey’s jab helped him become one of the best boxers in the world.