Boxing legend, and former WBC featherweight and WBC super featherweight champion, Professor Azumah Nelson, has said he has no regrets as a retired boxer.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi, host of Total Sports Review on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the hall of fame retired boxer said he will choose boxing as a profession if he should die and return back to the world again.
According to the boxer who is described as the greatest boxer to have come out of Africa, boxing has done a lot for him and he has no regrets.
‘’If I should die today and return to the world again, I will choose boxing aside any profession. I have no regrets as a retired boxer. Boxing has done a lot for me.’’
Azumah Nelson attributed his successful career to discipline, humility, and God.
He said, ‘’you cannot be a successful boxer if you are not disciplined, humble and God fearing. The major factor for you as a boxer is to fear God and pray all the time. You have to be humble and a disciplined boxer. You cannot succeed as a boxer if you are filled with pride and lack discipline. Some current crop of boxers we have today lack these traits and until they are able to learn from my success, they cannot thrive.’’
He was also grateful for the support he received as a boxer from Ghanaians, Africans and the globe. He believes the support he received played a major role in his successful career as a boxer.
The boxer will celebrate his 60th birthday with an action packed fight night at the Bukom Boxing Arena in Accra on July 21.
The Azumah Nelson Fight Night - The Battle will witness six evenly-matched bouts along with pre-fight amateur exhibitions to whet the appetites of the thousands of dignitaries and fight fans expected to patronize the show two days after the legend actually turns 60.
Azumah "The Professor" Nelson was born on July 19, 1958.
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.
During his 19-year professional career, he stopped 28 of his opponents within the distance, recording a total 38 wins, four losses and two draws. Among opponents he beat were Mexican Marcos Villasana, Mario "Azabache" Martinez, Australian Jeff Fenech,and Briton Jim McDonnell. His four defeats were at the hands of Pernell Whitaker, Jesse James Leija (twice) and Genardo Hernandez.
Azumah Nelson officially launched 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.