Ola Afolabi

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Ola Afolabi
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Afolabi in 2015
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Real nameOlawale O. Afolabi
Nickname(s)Kryptonite
Weight(s) Super middleweight
Light heavyweight
Cruiserweight
Height6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach75+12 in (192 cm)
NationalityBritish
Born (1980-03-15) 15 March 1980 (age 41)
London, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights32
Wins22
Wins by KO11
Losses6
Draws4

Olawale O. "Ola" Afolabi (born 15 March 1980) is a British professional boxer. He is a two-time former WBO interim cruiserweight champion, as well as a two-time former IBO cruiserweight champion. [1] Nicknamed "Kryptonite", Afolabi was known in the ring for his slickness, counterpunching skills and durability. Born to Nigerian parents, Afolabi resides in California, where he also trained for the most of his career.

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Career

Afolabi began his professional career in 2002, fighting at super middleweight and light heavyweight. In 2003 he was outpointed by Allan Green, prompting a full-time move to cruiserweight in 2004. He beat a small heavyweight clubfighter in Willie Chapman and added James Walton and Michael Simms to his victims. He also knocked out former Cruiserweight Champ Orlin Norris.

The win that put him into the limelight came over undefeated highly touted Golden Gloves champion Eric Fields whom he KO'ed in 2008. He was immediately signed to a promotional contract with Duva Boxing. Afolabi subsequently made his national television debut on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, winning a unanimous decision over DeLeon Tinsley.

In March 2009 he scored another upset KO by defeating former WBO World Cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli to win the Interim WBO cruiserweight title in Manchester, England. [2]

His good run ended when he lost a very close decision against Marco Huck in Germany.

He rebounded with a first-round knockout over former European champion Terry Dunstan.

After his 4th fight with Huck, a 10th round stoppage loss, Afolabi decided to call time and announced his retirement. [3]

Afolabi vs Huck II

After defeating 2 journeymen, Afolabi got a rematch against Huck on 5 May 2012, for Huck's WBO Cruiserweight championship, which would be in Germany as in their first match. In their previous bout, it was a very close fight ending with Huck escaping with a razor-thin majority decision victory. However, in the rematch, it was even closer than the first bout, with a brutal 12 rounds in a great fight. Unfortunately for Afolabi, the fight ended in a split draw, and Huck retained his WBO belt.

Professional boxing record

22 Wins (11 knockouts, 11 decisions), 6 Losses, 4 Draws [4]
ResultRecordOpponentTypeRd., TimeDateLocationNotes
Loss22–6–4 Flag of Germany.svg Mario Daser TKO3 (12), 2:002017-05-19 Flag of Germany.svg Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg
Loss22–5–4 Flag of Germany.svg Marco Huck RTD10 (12), 3:002016-02-27 Flag of Germany.svg Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen Lost IBO Cruiserweight title.
Win22–4–4 Flag of Russia.svg Rakhim Chakhkiyev KO5 (12), 1:442015-11-04 Flag of Russia.svg TatNeft Arena, Kazan Won IBO Cruiserweight title.
IBF Cruiserweight title eliminator.
Loss21–4–4 Flag of Argentina.svg Victor Emilio Ramírez UD122015-04-10 Flag of Argentina.svg Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, Benavídez, Buenos Aires For interim IBF Cruiserweight title.
Win21–3–4 Flag of the United States.svg Anthony Caputo SmithRTD3 (12), 3:002014-07-26 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win20–3–4 Flag of Poland.svg Łukasz Janik MD122013-11-02 Flag of the United States.svg The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York CityWon vacant IBO Cruiserweight title.
Loss19–3–4 Flag of Germany.svg Marco Huck MD122013-06-08 Flag of Germany.svg Max-Schmeling-Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, BerlinFor WBO Cruiserweight title.
Draw19–2–4 Flag of Germany.svg Marco Huck MD122012-05-05 Flag of Germany.svg Messehalle, Erfurt, ThuringiaFor WBO Cruiserweight title.
Win19–2–3 Flag of Russia.svg Valery Brudov RTD5 (12), 3:002012-03-03 Flag of Germany.svg Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Won interim WBO Cruiserweight title.
Win18–2–3 Flag of Poland.svg Lukasz RusiewiczUD82011-09-10 Flag of Poland.svg Stadion Miejski, Wrocław
Win17–2–3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Terry Dunstan KO1 (12), 2:402011-07-02 Flag of Germany.svg Imtech Arena, Altona, HamburgRetained WBO Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title.
Win16–2–3 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Lubos SudaTKO5 (12)2011-03-19 Flag of Germany.svg Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title.
Win15–2–3 Flag of Georgia.svg Sandro SiproshviliUD102010-10-16 Flag of Germany.svg O2 World Arena, Altona, Hamburg
Loss14–2–3 Flag of Germany.svg Marco Huck UD122009-12-05 Flag of Germany.svg Arena Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Baden-WürttembergFor WBO Cruiserweight title.
Win14–1–3 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Enzo Maccarinelli KO9 (12), 1:502009-03-14 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Greater ManchesterWon interim WBO Cruiserweight title.
Win13–1–3 Flag of the United States.svg DeLeon TinsleyUD82008-08-15 Flag of the United States.svg Ibiza Nightclub, Washington, D.C.
Win12–1–3 Flag of the United States.svg Eric Fields TKO10 (10), 0:552008-04-12 Flag of the United States.svg Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma Washington Won vacant WBO NABO Cruiserweight title.
Win11–1–3 Flag of the United States.svg Orlin Norris TKO7 (8), 2:312005-11-03 Flag of the United States.svg 4th and B, San Diego, California
Win10–1–3 Flag of the United States.svg Michael Simms UD82005-08-19 Flag of the United States.svg Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win9–1–3 Flag of the United States.svg James WaltonUD42005-05-27 Flag of the United States.svg Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Draw8–1–3 Flag of the United States.svg Jonathan YoungPTS62005-01-14 Flag of the United States.svg Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage, California
Win8–1–2 Flag of the United States.svg Willie ChapmanTKO2 (6), 0:542004-11-05 Flag of the United States.svg Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win7–1–2 Flag of the United States.svg Carlos Raul IbarraUD42004-08-37 Flag of the United States.svg The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win6–1–2 Flag of the United States.svg Man Semou DioufKO5 (6), 0:572004-07-09 Flag of the United States.svg Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win5–1–2 Flag of Mexico.svg Gustavo ArroyoTKO2 (4), 1:442004-04-23 Flag of the United States.svg The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win4–1–2 Flag of the United States.svg Germain ThedfordUD42004-02-13 Flag of the United States.svg Fort Cheyenne Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Draw3–1–2 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Anthony RussellPTS42003-09-05 Flag of the United States.svg Stardust Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win3–1–1 Flag of Mexico.svg Alejandro Rafael VirgenUD42003-04-11 Flag of the United States.svg Radisson Hotel, Fresno, California
Loss2–1–1 Flag of the United States.svg Allan Green UD42003-03-08 Flag of the United States.svg Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin, California
Win2–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Joe MendozaUD42003-02-07 Flag of the United States.svg Radisson Hotel, Fresno, California
Win1–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Tom PereaUD42002-07-11 Flag of the United States.svg SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
Draw0–0–1 Flag of the United States.svg Gerard BarberPTS42002-02-14 Flag of the United States.svg Marriott Hotel, Irvine, CaliforniaProfessional debut.

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References

  1. "Ola Afolabi". BoxRec.com. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  2. "BBC SPORT | Boxing | Warren's warning to Maccarinelli". BBC News. 15 March 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2016.
  3. Gilbert, Peter. "Ola Afolabi calls time on boxing on 36th birthday | Boxing News". Sky Sports . Retrieved 1 August 2016.
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Sporting positions
Vacant
Title last held by
Victor Emilio Ramirez
WBO cruiserweight champion
Interim title

14 March 2009 – 5 December 2009
Lost bid for full title
Vacant
Title next held by
Himself
Vacant
Title last held by
Himself
WBO cruiserweight champion
Interim title

3 March 2012 – 8 June 2013
Lost bid for full title
Vacant
Title next held by
Krzysztof Głowacki
Vacant
Title last held by
Danny Green
IBO cruiserweight champion
2 November 2013 – 2015
Vacant
Title next held by
Rakhim Chakhkiyev
Preceded by
Rakhim Chakhkiyev
IBO cruiserweight champion
4 November 2015 – 27 February 2016
Succeeded by
Marco Huck