Henry Akinwande

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Henry Akinwande
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Real nameHenry Adetokunboh Akinwande
Weight(s) Heavyweight
Height6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Reach86 in (218 cm)
NationalityBritish
Born (1965-10-12) 12 October 1965 (age 55)
Dulwich, London, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights55
Wins50
Wins by KO30
Losses4
Draws1

Henry Adetokunboh Akinwande (born 12 October 1965) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2008. He held the WBO heavyweight title from 1996 to 1997, as well as the Commonwealth heavyweight title in 1993, and the European heavyweight title from 1993 to 1994.

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Early years

Akinwande was born in London, England but went to live in his parents homeland of Nigeria as a 4-year-old and returned to England in 1986 aged 21, and he began boxing soon after.

Amateur career

As an amateur boxing out of the Lynn amateur boxing club in Camberwell, SE London, he was ABA heavyweight champion in both 1988 and 1989, beating another fellow Nigerian and future WBO heavyweight champion Herbie Hide and represented Great Britain in the heavyweight division at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.

ABA Championships record

Olympic results

1988 Olympic Games, Seoul, heavyweight:

Professional career

Akinwande made his professional debut in 1989 against Carlton Headley in London and won all of his first 18 bouts, including a second-round KO victory over former World Light Heavyweight Champion J.B. Williamson, and relatively well known fringe fighters such as Marshall Tillman, Eddie Taylor, Kimmuel Odum and John Fury.

Akinwande then challenged Axel Schulz for the vacant European heavyweight title in Berlin, Germany in 1992. The fight, scored only by the referee was adjudged to be a draw after 12 rounds. This was felt by many to be a "home town" decision, as most observers had Akinwande winning comfortably.

Following a victory over New Zealand's respectable James Thunder for the Commonwealth title in 1993, Akinwande again challenged Schulz for the vacant European belt. This time three judges were employed and Akinwande was awarded a unanimous decision after 12 rounds. He was to defend the title twice, against Biagio Chianese and Mario Scheisser. Akinwande also defeated fellow Briton and future WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson, former IBF heavyweight title holder Tony Tucker, Frankie Swindell, Brian Sargent, Calvin Jones and Gerard Jones, all from the USA, during this period.

WBO heavyweight champion

In 1996 Akinwande faced American Jeremy Williams for the WBO World Heavyweight Title which had been vacated by Riddick Bowe, a fight which Akinwande was to win via a 3rd round stoppage. Akinwande went on to defend the belt twice, with victories over Russian Alexander Zolkin by TKO and a decision over fellow Briton Scott Welch, who had won the WBO Intercontinental Title with a stoppage over the 46-year-old Joe Bugner.

Akinwande vs. Lewis

The WBO belt was then vacated so that Akinwande could pursue a challenge to WBC champion Lennox Lewis in 1997. The fight took place at Caesars Tahoe in Nevada. Akinwande was strangely subdued and spent much of the fight attempting to clinch Lewis. After repeated warnings, referee Mills Lane finally ran out of patience and disqualified Akinwande for repeated holding in the 5th round. [1]

A proposed challenge to Evander Holyfield for the WBA belt in 1998 was later abandoned after Akinwande tested positive for hepatitis B. This meant a lengthy spell of recovery for Akinwande, but he was finally cleared to return to the ring in 1999.

Akinwande won his next 8 fights, his victims included top contenders Orlin Norris and Maurice Harris, as well as Peter McNeeley, Kenny Craven, Russel Chasteen, Reynaldo Minus, Chris Sirengo and Najee Shaheed.

A fight with Oliver McCall in 2001 resulted in Akinwande's second defeat. After Akinwande had outboxed McCall for most of the fight, Akinwande began to tire, and McCall caught him with a few seconds remaining in the 10th and final round. Akinwande was counted out.

Akinwande recovered from this to win his next 9 bouts, including notable victories against Timo Hoffman, Ed Mahone, Cisse Salif and Anton Nel, all for the IBF Intercontinental Title, as well as Curt Paige, Sam Ubokane, Raman Sukhaterin, Alexander Vasiliev and Tipton Walker.

In late 2006 he dropped a split decision to Oleg Platov, a bout in which Akinwande received a point deduction in 8th round for holding, and Platov received a point deduction in 9th for head butt.

After that fight he won another fight against Andriy Oleinyk in 2007 before losing to top prospect Ondřej Pála from the Czech Republic by unanimous decision on 4 July 2008, which turned out to be his last fight.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
55 fights50 wins4 losses
By knockout301
By decision182
By disqualification21
Draws1
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
55Loss50–4–1 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Ondřej Pála UD64 Jul 2008 Flag of Turkey.svg Buyuk Anadolu Didim Resort, Ankara, Central Anatolia Region
54Win50–3–1 Flag of Ukraine.svg Andriy OliynykUD1030 Jun 2007 Flag of Russia.svg Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Central Federal District
53Loss49–3–1 Flag of Ukraine.svg Oleg Platov SD124 Nov 2006 Flag of Germany.svg RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Mülheim, North Rhine-Westphalia Lost IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
52Win49–2–1 Flag of Mali.svg Cisse SalifUD124 Mar 2006 Flag of Germany.svg Small EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Lower Saxony Retained IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
51Win48–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Ed MahoneUD1210 Dec 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Saxony Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
50Win47–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tipton WalkerTKO2 (6), 2:4824 Sep 2005 Flag of the United States.svg Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey
49Win46–2–1 Flag of Russia.svg Alexander VasilievUD814 May 2005 Flag of Germany.svg Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Bavaria
48Win45–2–1 Flag of South Africa.svg Anton NelTKO10 (12), 1:3910 Apr 2004 Flag of Nigeria.svg U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Cross River State Retained IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
47Win44–2–1 Flag of Germany.svg Timo Hoffmann SD1231 May 2003 Flag of Germany.svg Brandenburg-Halle, Frankfurt, Hesse Won IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
46Win43–2–1 Flag of Belarus.svg Raman SukhaterinUD1210 Dec 2002 Flag of Romania.svg Sala Sporturilor, Constanța, Constanța County
45Win42–2–1 Flag of South Africa.svg Sam UbokaneTKO7 (10)29 Oct 2002 Flag of South Africa.svg Wynberg Military Base Stadium, Cape Town Western Cape
44Win41–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Curt PaigeTKO1 (8), 2:538 Mar 2002 Flag of the United States.svg Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida
43Loss40–2–1 Flag of the United States.svg Oliver McCall KO10 (10), 2:13 17 Nov 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada
42Win40–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Maurice Harris KO1 (10)16 Jun 2001 Flag of the United States.svg Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio
41Win39–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Peter McNeeley KO2 (12), 2:0517 Mar 2001 Flag of the United States.svg The Moon, Tallahassee, FloridaWon vacant WBC International heavyweight title
40Win38–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Kenny CravenTKO1 (12), 3:008 Dec 2000 Flag of the United States.svg The Moon, Tallahassee, Florida Won vacant WBC FECARBOX heavyweight title
39Win37–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Russell ChasteenTKO5 (10), 0:4925 May 2000 Flag of the United States.svg Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi
38Win36–1–1 Flag of Kenya.svg Chris SirengoTKO1 (10)22 Feb 2000 Flag of South Africa.svg Velodrome, Bellville, Western Cape
37Win35–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Najee ShaheedTKO9 (10), 2:2115 May 1999 Flag of the United States.svg Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida
36Win34–1–1 Flag of Barbados.svg Reynaldo MinusTKO2 (10), 1:356 Mar 1999 Flag of the United States.svg UM Sports Pavilion, Minneapolis, Minnesota
35Win33–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Orlin Norris UD1213 Dec 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Amphitheater, Pompano Beach, Florida
34Loss32–1–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lennox Lewis DQ5 (12), 2:34 12 Jul 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada For WBC heavyweight title;
Akinwande disqualified for repeated holding
33Win32–0–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Scott Welch UD1211 Jan 1997 Flag of the United States.svg Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tennessee Retained WBO heavyweight title
32Win31–0–1 Flag of Russia.svg Alexander ZolkinTKO10 (12), 2:32 9 Nov 1996 Flag of the United States.svg MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, NevadaRetained WBO heavyweight title
31Win30–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Jeremy Williams KO3 (12), 0:4329 Jun 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California Won vacant WBO heavyweight title
30Win29–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Gerard JonesDQ7 (10), 2:1823 Mar 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Miami Arena, Miami, Florida Jones disqualified for repeatedly hitting after the break
29Win28–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Brian SargentTKO4 (10), 2:4027 Jan 1996 Flag of the United States.svg Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona
28Win27–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tony Tucker UD1016 Dec 1995 Flag of the United States.svg CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
27Win26–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Stanley WrightTKO2 (10)22 Jul 1995 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg London Arena, Millwall, London
26Win25–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Calvin JonesKO2 (8), 1:38 8 Apr 1995 Flag of the United States.svg Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada
25Win24–0–1 Flag of Germany.svg Mario SchiesserKO7 (12)23 Jul 1994 Flag of Germany.svg Sportforum Hohenschönhausen, Berlin, GermanyRetained European heavyweight title
24Win23–0–1 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Johnny Nelson PTS105 Apr 1994 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg York Hall, Bethnal Green, London
23Win22–0–1 Flag of Italy.svg Biagio ChianeseTKO4 (12), 2:161 Dec 1993 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Albert Hall, Kensington and Chelsea, LondonRetained European heavyweight title
22Win21–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Frankie SwindellUD106 Nov 1993 Flag of South Africa.svg Superbowl, Sun City, North West Province
21Win20–0–1 Flag of Germany.svg Axel Schulz UD121 May 1993 Flag of Germany.svg Sporthalle Charlottenburg, Berlin, Berlin-BrandenburgWon vacant European heavyweight title
20Win19–0–1 Flag of New Zealand.svg Jimmy Thunder PTS1218 Mar 1993 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Lewisham Theatre, Lewisham, LondonWon vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title
19Draw18–0–1 Flag of Germany.svg Axel Schulz MD1219 Dec 1992 Flag of Germany.svg Berlin, Berlin-Brandenburg For vacant European heavyweight title
18Win18–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Steve GarberTKO2 (8)18 Jul 1992 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Free Trade Hall, Manchester, Greater ManchesterGarber retired with cut under right eye
17Win17–0 Flag of the United States.svg Kimmuel OdumDQ6 (8)5 Jun 1992 Flag of France.svg Palais des sports, Marseille
16Win16–0 Flag of France.svg Lumbala TshibambaPTS810 Apr 1992 Flag of France.svg Carquefou, Pays de la Loire
15Win15–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Tucker RichardsTKO2 (8), 0:5626 Mar 1992 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ice Rink, Telford, Shropshire
14Win14–0 Flag of the United States.svg Eddie TaylorTKO3 (8)28 Feb 1992 Flag of France.svg Issy-les-Moulineaux, Paris
13Win13–0 Flag of the United States.svg Tim BullockTKO3 (8)6 Dec 1991 Flag of Germany.svg Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen
12Win12–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Fury KO3 (8)9 Oct 1991 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg G-Mex Centre, Manchester, Greater Manchester
11Win11–0 Flag of the United States.svg Marshall TillmanPTS828 Jun 1991 Flag of France.svg Salle Leyrit, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes
10Win10–0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Ramon VoornPTS86 Jun 1991 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The Broadway Theatre, Barking, London
9Win9–0 Flag of the United States.svg J. B. Williamson TKO2 (8), 0:196 Mar 1991 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Wembley Arena, Brent, London
8Win8–0 Flag of France.svg François YriusTKO1 (6), 1:0212 Dec 1990 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Albert Hall, Kensington and Chelsea, London
7Win7–0 Flag of the United States.svg Tracy ThomasPTS610 Oct 1990 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Albert Hall, Kensington and Chelsea, London
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Mike RobinsonKO1 (6)9 May 1990 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Wembley Conference Centre, Brent, London
5Win5–0 Flag of the United States.svg Warren Thompson PTS614 Mar 1990 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Albert Hall, Kensington and Chelsea, London
4Win4–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John FairbairnTKO1 (6)10 Jan 1990 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Albert Hall, Kensington and Chelsea, London
3Win3–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Paul NeilsonTKO1 (6), 1:286 Dec 1989 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Wembley Arena, Brent, London
2Win2–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Dennis BaileyTKO2 (6), 2:158 Nov 1989 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Wembley Conference Centre, Brent, London
1Win1–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Carlton HeadleyKO1 (6), 1:104 Oct 1989 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Albert Hall, Kensington and Chelsea, London Professional debut

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References

  1. Leach, Glyn (13 July 1997). "Boxing: Lewis wins another fight that wasn't". The Independent. Retrieved 18 September 2011.
Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Previous:
James Moran
ABA heavyweight champion
1988, 1989
Next:
Keith Inglis
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Lennox Lewis
Commonwealth heavyweight champion
18 March 1993 – October 1993
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Scott Welch
European heavyweight champion
1 May 1993 – April 1995
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Željko Mavrović
Vacant
Title last held by
Crawford Grimsley
WBC FECARBOX heavyweight champion
8 December 2000 – 17 March 2001
Won International title
Vacant
Title next held by
Timur Ibragimov
Vacant
Title last held by
Wladimir Klitschko
WBC International heavyweight champion
17 March 2001 – April 2001
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Denis Bakhtov
Preceded by
Timo Hoffmann
IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
31 May 2003 – June 2004
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Volodymyr Virchis
Vacant
Title last held by
Alexander Dimitrenko
IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
10 December 2005 – 4 November 2006
Succeeded by
Oleg Platov
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Riddick Bowe
WBO heavyweight champion
29 June 1996 – June 1997
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Herbie Hide