Best African Boxers of All Time
The Best from Africa
Africa has produced many very good boxers and many more are up and coming and look promising. However, this list is reserved for the best of the best from Africa. Feel free to leave comments about these boxers at the bottom of the page.
1. Azumah Nelson: The Professor won the Featherweight Crown and the Jr. Lightweight Championship twice. His final record reads thirty nine wins,six losses,two draws with twenty eight knockouts. He knocked out Hall of Famer Wilfredo Gomez in eleven rounds to win the Featherweight Title. Among those he fought were Salvadore Sanchez, Gomez, Pernell Whitaker, Jesse James Leija and Jeff Fenech. Nelson was from Ghana and he was always an entertaining boxer to watch perform. Nelson always took on the best in his division and he was never dominated, not even in defeat.
2. Dick Tiger: Tiger was from Nigeria and had a resume that reads 60-19-3 with twenty seven knockouts. He was a former Light Heavyweight and two time Middleweight Champion of the world who also was a two time Fighter of The Year. He had an all action style that led to victories over Joey Giardello, Rubin Carter, Nino Benvenuti and Jose Torres. On his best day Tiger would be a handful for any pugilist in history. Although he could use footwork and nice shoulder moves Tiger loved to bang away on the inside to the body and head and his knockout ratio is deceptive because Tiger could crack.
3. Ike Quartey: Bazooka had a ring record of thirty seven wins, four losses and one draw with thirty one knockouts. Quartey won the Welterweight title in 1994 and held it for over four years. He fought many of the great fighters of his era including: Oscar De La Hoya, Fernando Vargas, Crisanto Espana and Winky Wright among others. Quartey possessed a beautiful jab and accurate right hand.
4. Vic Towell: Towell was the first ever South African World Champion who held the Bantamweight Championship for over two years and he had a non-stop action style similar to Aaron Pryor. Among his victims was the legendary Manuel Ortiz, whom he beat for The Championship. Towell was a swarming, offensive boxer who relied on a blazing punch count to get the job done.
5. Brian Mitchell: This South African fighter could box or brawl and his record was awesome at forty five wins, one loss and three draws with twenty one knockouts. Mitchell was a two time Junior Lightweight King and he defended his laurels eleven times. I saw four of his fights on U Stream and he is a boxer with a good high guard. I saw his rematch with Tony Lopez and he had skills because he laid leather on the Tiger all night. Mitchell had average speed and he never ventured out of his back yard for a fight. If he had of done that his ranking would have gone up higher or possibly lower on this list.
6. John Mugabi: The Beast, was just that, as he had average skills but, beastly power and will. His final record reads forty two wins, seven losses, one draw with twenty nine bruising knockout finishes. He held the Jr. Middleweight Championship and fought a brave fight in a losing effort for the one hundred sixty pound crown against the great middleweight champion Marvelous Marvin Hagler. Mugabi launched looping right hands and hooks to the ribs and the jaw and he punched with deadly intentions with nearly every punch.
7. Frans Botha: The White Buffalo, fought everybody in the heavyweight division in the 90's. Losing by devastating knockouts to Mike Tyson, Michael Moorer and Lennox Lewis but, he fought with heart and soul. He briefly held the IBF Heavyweight Championship Belt and his record is 48-8-3 and twenty nine knockouts. Botha was rather slow of hand and foot but despite this he carried a solid jab and pretty good accuracy with his combinations.
8. Corrie Sanders: Corrie beat Wladimir Klitschko by second round knockout to become Heavyweight Champion and fought a who's who in the Heavyweight division including Vitali Klitschko, Bert Cooper, Hasim Rahman and Bobby Czyz. His record was 42-4 with thirty one knockouts.
9. Cornelious Boza Edwards: This Ugandan southpaw fought with a kill or be killed style and compiled a record of forty five wins, seven losses, one draw with thirty four knockouts. He was a former Jr. Lightweight Champion who fought in a fight of the year in 1981.
10.Welcome Ncita: Ncita held the Jr. Featherweight Crown for two years and had an overall mark of 4-3-1 with twenty one knockouts. He defensed his title six times during his reign.
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Amateur and Professional Boxing Differences
1. Professional boxing goes from four rounds all the way up to twelve round bouts. Amateur boxing is three and four round contests.
2. Amateur boxers wear headgear and pro fighters do not.
3. Amateurs use bigger gloves than the pros do.
4. Body shots do not count in the amateurs but, they do in the professional ranks.
5. Referrees are much quicker to stop a bout or give a standing 8 count in the amateur ranks than they are in the pros.
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