ESPN Boxing feature: Azumah Nelson’s career in numbers

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Ghanaian Azumah Nelson is widely regarded as one of the greatest African boxers of all time, with the Accra-born fighter a two-weight world champion, having held the WBC featherweight title from 1984 to 1987 and the WBC super-featherweight title twice between 1988 and 1997. Here is a closer look at his career statistics.

– 19 July 1958 – The date on which Nelson was born in Ghana’s capital city Accra.

– 165 – The height in centimetres of Nelson, which is 5ft 5in. His reach was 173 cm (68in).

– 39-6-2 – The career record of Nelson, who enjoyed an 83% win ratio through his professional career.

– 28 – The number of KO (knockout) wins the Ghanaian recorded.

– 31 – Renowned boxing website BoxRec ranks Nelson as the 31st greatest pound-for-pound boxer of all time.

– 1978 – The year in which Nelson won Gold as an amateur featherweight at both the All Africa Games and Commonwealth Games.

– 1 December 1979 – The date on which Nelson began his professional career, defeating compatriot Billy Kwane on points over six rounds at the Accra Sports Stadium.

– 9-0 – Nelson took his record to 9-0 when he defeated Mexico’s Miguel Ruiz via TKO in the third round in Bakersfield, California – the boxer’s first fight outside of the African continent.

– 1:49 – The time in the 15th round (of 15) when Nelson was defeated via TKO by Mexican Salvador Sanchez. It was Nelson’s first career defeat and saw him miss out on the WBC featherweight title in his first shot at the belt.

– 8 December 1984 – The date on which Nelson defeated Wilfredo Gomez of Puerto Rico to win the WBC featherweight title.

– 6 – The number of successful defences of the WBC featherweight title Nelson made before switching to super featherweight.

– 28-1 – Nelson took his career record to 28-1 when he defeated Mexican Mario Martin to win the WBC super featherweight title in February 1988.

– 19 May 1990 – The date on which Nelson was defeated via unanimous decision by American Pernell Whitaker in a match for the WBC and IBF lightweight titles.

– 4 – The number of times Nelson faced American Jesse James Leija. Three of their clashes were title fights for the WBC super featherweight belt (which ended in one win apiece and one draw), while their final meeting in July 1998 was a non-title fight which went the way of Leija.

– 10 – Following the final defeat to Leija, Nelson hung up his gloves for 10 years, before coming out of retirement in June 2008 for a majority decision loss to Australian Jeff Fenech (whom the Ghanaian drew with and defeated in two fights in the early 1990s).

-10,000 – The seating capacity of the Kaneshie Sports Stadium, which was renamed the Azumah Nelson Sports Complex and is scheduled to have its reconstruction completed in 2020.

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