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.
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.
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.
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.
The greatest boxer to come out of Africa
From the biography of Azumah Nelson, 21 July 1982
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.
Azumah Nelson, 1978 Edmonton Games
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.
Jim McDonnell , 5 November 1989
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.
Stan Christodoulou, Boxing Hall of Fame Referee
I must sincerely congratulate you as I found the book very exciting, enlightening and inspirational.