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.
The Chief of Tamale, Naa Dakpema Mohammed Dawuni Alhassan has died at age 76.
The traditional ruler is said to have died at the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH) on Saturday where he was receiving treatment after a short illness.
Confirming the incident, the Dakpema Palace Assistant Secretary, Alhaji Iddrisu Alhassan, said the deceased will be buried Sunday in line with Islamic tradition.
Government has been given an ultimatum to either withdraw the boarding fees from the implementation of free senior high school or give day students allowances or face legal action.
Professor Kofi Anokye said government is violating Article 25 of the constitution which requires that all persons shall have equal access to education opportunities and facilities.
The CEO of KOANS Estate is of the view that, the provision of free boarding facilities for some students is discriminatory against day students and defeats the purpose of providing free education to all Ghanaian students.
He told Kwame Tutu on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm that, government must make the boarding facilities optional for the wards of parents who can either afford or have special needs to make the free SHS sustainable.
According to him, he will file suit after the judiciary is back from recess to ensure that, government complies with constitutional provisions and stop the free SHS program from collapse.
He also revealed some lawyers he gave the case to are withdrawing from representing him in court but was sure he will soon go to court to challenge government for discriminating against some beneficiaries of the policy.
He has admonished government to pay heed to his concerns and address them in order to ensure that, well deserving beneficiaries get the opportunity to enjoy the policy.
‘’We are hoping they could have withdrawn the boarding aspect if not they should give allowance to day students. If that is not there, the constitution say, there should be no discrimination in the facilities. Why should you go to boarding school and others go to day schools? Government should listen to us. If they don’t, they will come back to us and we will refer them,’’he concluded.
Former President John Dramani Mahama has described the death of renowned poet, Prof Atukwei Okai as colossal loss.
Mr Mahama in a Facebook post said “He was a unique oral poet of our time; a wordsmith whose art was a unique combination of music and dramatization. 'Lorgorligi Logarithms' for which he was well known, tickled our cultural fantasies,” Mr Mahama said.
“He would be remembered as a genius whose musical poetry was not only spectacular in imagery and clever wordplay, but also natural in how it captured the cadences and rhythm of speech.
"I am yet to know anyone who was not delighted after listening to one of those beautiful poetic renditions by Prof., which we are going to miss forever.
"Prof., like the eponymous ‘Rosimaya’, you have finished our Friday and wrecked the rest of our week.
"May your soul rest in peace,” he added in a Facebook post.
The renowned Ghanaian scholar, cultural activist and author, died in Accra, at the Korle Bu Teaching hospital aged 77.
He passed away on Friday, 13 July 2018 after a short illness.
Until his death, Prof. Atukwei Okai was the Secretary-General of the Pan African Writers Association (PAWA) of Ghana.
The Northern Lotto Marketers and Retailers Association (NLM&RA) has apologised to Mr Kofi Osei-Ameyaw, Director General of the National Lottery Authority (NLA) over an unfortunate press conference organised by Nana Kofi Asabre, its Northern Regional Vice Chairman in Tamale.
Nana Asabre unilaterally organized a press conference demanding the dismissal of Mr Osei-Ameyaw, but a statement signed by Mr Abubakari Seidu, the Convener of the Association and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Accra said his association was not party to the said press conference held by Nana Asabre.
The statement said: “Nana Kofi Asabre press conference against the NLA Boss was born out of malice, selfishness and ignorance of the National Lotto Act, 2006 (Act 722).
“We the concerned Northern Lotto Marketers and Retailers Association fully support Mr Osei-Ameyaw, the NLA Boss over his transformational agenda for the Lottery Industry in Ghana”.
It said the association strongly believes Mr Osei-Ameyaw has performed creditably well by expanding the lottery business to include the Banker-to-Banker Lotto Operators, Agents and Writers.
The statement said the initiative to include the illegal lotto operators to generate more revenue for the Government, increase employment opportunities and also ensure discipline and uniformity in the lottery industry is laudable.
It said: “We are urging all to disregard the unilateral press conference organized by Nana Asabre. The lottery industry is too big to accommodate the Private Lotto Operators and Agents as well.”