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Azumah Nelson

A hero is born


Born the year after his home nation of Ghana gained independence, Azumah Nelson played a major part in putting this new country on the world map.

A glittering amateur career saw him win every title except an Olympic medal, as Ghana boycotted the 1980 Games when he was a favourite to win. After turning professional, he took a last-minute bout for the world title with the great Salvador Sanchez, a bout that changed his life.

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About the book


"I interviewed Azumah for a documentary on is life. He always wanted to tell his life story and I was privileged that he asked me to do it. I remember watching him fight on television when I was growing up in England, so to be asked to catalogue his life was incredibly special" - Ashley Morrison.

The Professor is Morrison's third book and is on sale online or at a local bookstore.

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Book launch in Ghana


Azumah Nelson officially launcedh his biography titled “The Professor- the life of Azumah Nelson” in Ghana on Wednesday October 29, 2014 at Alisa Hotel, North Ridge in Accra at 6pm.

The event brought together many of Ghana’s top dignitaries including former presidents, and sports personalities. Former President Jerry John Rawlings took to the stage at the launch to pay tribute to the man who helped lift a nation’s spirits while Rawlings tried to right the nation politically and financially.

Read his full speech here.

JJ Rawlings

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The Professor

The Professor is the official biography of three time world champion, Azumah Nelson. Available as a paperback it tells Nelson’s story in 15 detailed chapters (269 pages) spanning his career and key personal moments. Written by Ashley Morrison, a renowned sports journalist and independent filmmaker. This is Morrison’s third book.

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Azumah Nelson

The greatest boxer to come out of Africa

No-one had expected the fight to go the distance. Sanchez was regarded as one of the truly great champions, and no-one had heard of the Ghanaian, Azumah Nelson. But one thing was for sure: Few were going to forget him.


No-one wanted to move back. In the end, I moved back to get out of the way of a punch that was coming, and I called to God. Where are you? This fight is too tough. If you do not help me I cannot continue.


When we arrived at the Albert Hall, there were thousands there wishing me good luck. I was so proud, but in the dressing room before the fight I was the loneliest bloke in the world.

Jim McDonnell

I must sincerely congratulate you as I found the book very exciting, enlightening and inspirational.

Stan Christodoulou
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Career Timeline

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1958 Azumah Nelson is born
1978 Wins Commonwealth Games Gold Medal
1980 Wins first professional fight
1981 Wins Commonwealth Featherweight Title
1982 Fights Salvador Sanchez for the WBC World Featherweight title
1984 Beats Wifredo Gomez to win WBC World Featherweight title
1987 Leaves Featherweight division as World Champion
Azumah Nelson World Champion
1988 Wins WBC Super Featherweight World title after defeating Mario Martinez
1990 Attempts to win World Lightweight title and therefore claim a Championship in three weight divisions, but loses on points to Pernell Whitaker
1991 Fights Jeff Fenech in Las Vegas and retains his WBC Superfeatherweight Title when the fight is given as a draw
1992 Meets Jeff Fenech in Melbourne and wins by KO in round 8
1993 Meets Gabriel Ruelas and defeats him in front of 120,000 the biggest crowd for a boxing match
1994 Loses his World title in his second bout with Jesse James Leija
1995 Won back his WBC Super Featherweight Title defeating Gabriel Ruelas for a second time
1997 Lost his title for the second and last time to Genaro Hernandez
1998 His last fight or so it seemed against Jesse James Leija
2004 Inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame and the World Boxing Hall of Fame
2008 Azumah launches the Azumah Nelson Foundation to try and help children in Ghana
2008 Lured out of retirement for another bout with Jeff Fenech
2010 “Zoom Zoom” a documentary biography of Azumah’s life is released
2012 Azumah is recognised along with 12 other fighting greats with a Unique Legend Watch from Hublot
2014 His authorised biography is published “The Professor – The Life Story of Azumah Nelson”
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