By:Mohammed Aminu Lamptey
On July 19,1958 a great personality arrived into this world through the country Ghana formerly called the Gold Coast with little to predict about his future.
After a spectacular Amateur career outings as a boxer with medals at the Commonwealth and Olympics Games,he turned a Professional Boxer in 1979 and had his debut fight against Billy Kwame at the Accra Sports Stadium.He won the said fight by a unanimous points decision.
With hard work and determination, on July 21,1982,he was offered a huge opportunity by the legendary Don King to take on the durable Salvador Sanchez at the popular Madison Square Garden in New York for the WBC world featherweight Title.The fight travelled the distance of 15 rounds but lost the fight in the last round after a knockdown,but eventually, the referee was blamed for not allowing him to continue with the fight.Many boxing pundits had him leading on their scorecards before the referee took the controversial decision.
BOXING CAREER RECORD(1979-1998)
He had a total of 47 bouts,lost only 6,won 39 through the distance with 28 of the accumulated wins came by way of knockout with 2 draws.
He had 400 rounds of boxing with 60% in percentage terms for his knockouts.
●Former National Featherweight champion
●Former ABU Featherweight Champion
●Former Commonwelth(British Empire)Featherweight Champion
●In 1984 won his first world title the WBC Featherweight title against Wilfredo Gomez.
●In 1992 defeated Jeff Fenech after their first bout ended in a split point decision for the WBC Super Featherweight Title.
SAD CAREER MOMENTS:
●When he lost the IBF Lightweight Title fight against Panel Whitaker in 1990
●When in 1994 he finally after 10 solid years of title defense lost the WBC Featherweight title to Jesse James Leija.
●When in 1996 after defeating Jesse James Leija to reclaimed his world title and only to be defeated in 1997 by Genero Hernandez.
●When in 1998 he lost the IBA lightweight title against Jesse James Leija.His last competitive fight.
Professor AZUMA NELSON was a three times world champion.He defended his titles for 10 unprecedented years in the history of Ghana boxing and above all was inducted into the Hall of Boxing Fame with countless awards from World Boxing Council(WBC) and many other meaning stakeholders.
May you live to be 100 and above!!!!!
HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY PROFESSOR...