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|Real name||Friday Chinedu Ahunanya|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
19 November 1971 |
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
|Wins by KO||13|
Friday Chinedu Ahunanya (born 19 November 1971 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria) is a professional boxer. He is a journeyman heavyweight best known to beat several undefeated prospects and for his appearances on ESPN fight cards.
He fights out of Las Vegas, NV and is the current holder of the PABA heavyweight title and NABA heavyweight title.
Known as Friday "The 13th", Ahunanya began his career in 1998 with a good deal of promise, winning his first 16 fights including a victory over undefeated (16-0-1) Nate Jones. In 2001 he lost a decision to undefeated (15-0) Olympian and future titlist Serguei Lyakhovich. In 2002 he handed French Olympian Josue Blocus his first loss.
In 2004 had his only early loss when hit in the eye in the 4th by Lance Whitaker. The loss to Whitaker was the beginning of decline for Ahunanya. He went on to lose to Taurus Sykes in New Mexico, who was not highly regarded in spite of his 22-1-1 record in 2005, arguably the low point of his career.
He then drew with fringe contender Dominick Guinn, and then was competitive in losing efforts against undefeated prospects Sultan Ibragimov (Olympic silver medalist) and 6-0 Olympic Gold medalist Alexander Povetkin.
In 2007 he rebounded by handing 19-0 New Zealand prospect Shane Cameron his first loss by knocking him down twice in the 12th and final round, after the second knockdown the referee intervened and stopped the contest, earning him a TKO victory. In 2008 he stopped another undefeated prospect in Alonzo Butler.
Friday Lost to David Tua in March 2010 in New Zealand via decision. However Friday and his manager claimed Friday should have won, and would have if the fight had been in the USA. After further review it was obvious that David Tua won the fight by unanimous decision.
Professional boxing record
|24 Wins (13 knockouts, 11 decisions), 9 Losses (1 knockout, 8 decisions), 3 Draws |
|Loss||17-0||Mike "The Rebel" Perez||UD||10||30/12/2011||Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California||90-100, 90-100, 90-100.|
|Loss||32-2||Chris Arreola||UD||10||09/07/2011||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||90-100, 91-99, 91-99.|
|Loss||23-17-2||Cisse Salif||UD||6||24/05/2011||Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California||55-59, 56-58, 56-58.|
|Loss||50-3-1||David Tua||UD||12||31/03/2010||Trusts Stadium, Auckland||WBO Asia Pacific/Oriental Heavyweight Titles. 109-119, 111-117, 108-120.|
|Win||26-0-1||Alonzo Butler||UD||10||20/06/2008||Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||95-94, 96-93, 95-94.|
|Win||19-0||Shane Cameron||TKO||12||02/11/2007||Skycity Convention Centre, Auckland||PABA/WBO Asia Pacific/WBA NABA Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 2:14 of the 12th round.|
|Draw||7-1||Franklin Lawrence||SD||8||06/07/2007||The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada||79-73, 74-78, 76-76.|
|Win||21-9-2||James "Hurricane" Walton||TKO||2||15/06/2007||The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada||Referee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the second round.|
|Win||15-23-1||Ramon Hayes||UD||6||27/04/2007||The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada||60-54, 59-55, 59-55.|
|Loss||6-0||Alexander Povetkin||UD||6||22/04/2006||SAP Arena, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg|
|Loss||17-0||Sultan Ibragimov||TD||9||16/09/2005||Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia||WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight Title. 84-88, 83-88, 83-87.|
|Draw||25-2||Dominick Guinn||PTS||10||22/04/2005||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada||93-97, 95-95, 95-95.|
|Loss||22-1-1||Taurus Sykes||UD||12||11/03/2005||Lea County Events Center, Hobbs, New Mexico||WBA NABA Heavyweight Title. 112-116, 113-115, 110-118.|
|Loss||27-2-1||Lance Whitaker||TKO||5||17/04/2004||Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, Florida||WBO NABO/WBA NABA Heavyweight Titles. Referee stopped the bout at 0:42 of the fifth round.|
|Win||28-15||Thomas "Top Dawg" Williams||KO||4||05/12/2003||Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida||Williams knocked out at 1:34 of the fourth round.|
|Win||15-17||Onebo Maxime||UD||10||23/08/2003||Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida|
|Win||12-3-1||Francisco Daniel Silva||TKO||1||28/06/2003||Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida||Referee stopped the bout at 1:13 of the first round.|
|Draw||32-12||Terrence "KO" Lewis||PTS||10||28/02/2003||The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada||95-95, 95-95, 95-95.|
|Win||12-0||Josue Blocus||SD||10||01/06/2002||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||97-93, 97-93, 95-96.|
|Loss||15-0||Siarhei Liakhovich||UD||12||17/11/2001||Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada||WBA NABA Heavyweight Title. 112-116, 110-118, 112-116.|
|Win||6-8-2||James V. Lester||TKO||1||30/06/2001||Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada||Referee stopped the bout at 2:28 of the first round.|
|Win||16-0-1||Nate Jones||SD||12||03/03/2001||Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada||WBA NABA Heavyweight Title. 115-112, 114-113, 113-114.|
|Win||11-5-1||Otis Tisdale||UD||8||28/11/2000||The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||3-2-1||Ivy Calvin||KO||5||26/10/2000||Hollywood Park Racetrack, Inglewood, California||Calvin knocked out at 1:06 of the fifth round.|
|Win||11-1||Derrell Dixon||PTS||8||16/09/2000||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||13-25-8||Wesley Martin||TKO||8||11/08/2000||Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||8-6-3||Agustin Corpus||TKO||3||01/04/2000||The Regent, Las Vegas, Nevada||Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the third round.|
|Win||4-2-1||Donald Macon||TKO||1||03/03/2000||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada||Referee stopped the bout at 1:40 of the first round.|
|Win||--||Juan Carlos Maldonado||TKO||1||12/02/1999||The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada||Referee stopped the bout at 1:51 of the first round.|
|Win||4-5-1||Willie Chapman||UD||6||20/11/1998||The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada||60-54, 60-54, 60-54.|
|Win||3-2-1||James V. Lester||PTS||6||31/07/1998||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||--||Tahavalu Samiu||KO||3||11/07/1998||Reno Hilton Casino Resort, Reno, Nevada|
|Win||--||Joe L. Gray||UD||4||15/05/1998||The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||1-0||Darrell Morgan||PTS||4||09/04/1998||Phoenix, Arizona|
|Win||6-0||Shane William Heavyrunner||TKO||4||20/03/1998||The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada||Referee stopped the bout at 2:22 of the fourth round.|
|Win||--||Larry Wilson||TKO||1||27/02/1998||The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada||Referee stopped the bout at 1:18 of the first round.|