|Real name||Henry Akinwande|
|Height||6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m)|
|Reach||86 inches (2.2 m)|
12 October 1965 |
|Wins by KO||30|
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.
- 1986 ABA 2nd place at Heavyweight
- 1987 ABA 2nd place at Heavyweight
- 1988 ABA Champion at Heavyweight
- 1988 represented Great Britain as a Heavyweight at the Seoul Olympic Games. Result was:
- Lost to Arnold Vanderlyde (Netherlands) points
- 1989 ABA Champion at Heavyweight, outpointing Herbie Hide in final.
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.
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.
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.
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 2nd 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.
Title last held byLennox Lewis
|Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
18 March 1993 - 30 January 1994
Title next held byScott Welch
|WBO Heavyweight Champion
29 June 1996 – 17 February 1997
Professional boxing record
|50 Wins (30 knockouts, 20 decisions), 4 Losses (1 knockout, 3 decisions), 1 Draw |
|Loss||50-4-1||Ondrej Pala||UD||6||4 Jul 2008||Bueyuek Anadolu Hotel, Ankara, Turkey|
|Win||50-3-1||Andriy Oliynyk||UD||10||30 Jun 2007||Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow, Russia|
|Loss||49-3-1||Oleh Platov||SD||12||4 Nov 2006||RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Muelheim, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany||Lost IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Win||49-2-1||Cisse Salif||UD||12||4 Mar 2006||EWE-Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany||Retained IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Win||48-2-1||Ed Mahone||UD||12||10 Dec 2005||Leipziger Arena, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany|
|Win||47-2-1||Tipton Walker||TKO||2 (6)||24 Sep 2005||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States|
|Win||46-2-1||Alexander Vasiliev||UD||8||14 May 2005||Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Bayern, Germany|
|Win||45-2-1||Anton Nel||TKO||10 (12)||10 Apr 2004||U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Nigeria||Retained IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Win||44-2-1||Timo Hoffmann||SD||12||31 May 2003||Brandenburg Halle, Frankfurt, Brandenburg, Germany||Won IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Win||43-2-1||Raman Sukhaterin||UD||12||10 Dec 2002||Sala Sporturilor, Constanta, Romania||Won WBN Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.|
|Win||42-2-1||Sam Ubokane||TKO||7 (10)||29 Oct 2002||Wynberg Military Sport Complex, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa|
|Win||41-2-1||Curt Paige||TKO||1 (8)||8 Mar 2002||Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida, United States|
|Loss||40-2-1||Oliver McCall||KO||10 (10)||17 Nov 2001||Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Win||40-1-1||Maurice Harris||KO||1 (10)||16 Jun 2001||Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States|
|Win||39-1-1||Peter McNeeley||KO||2 (12)||17 Mar 2001||Cintas Center, Tallahassee, Florida, United States|
|Win||38-1-1||Kenny Craven||TKO||1 (12)||8 Dec 2000||Cintas Center, Tallahassee, Florida, United States||Won vacant WBC FECARBOX Heavyweight title.|
|Win||37-1-1||Russell Chasteen||TKO||5 (10)||25 May 2000||Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States|
|Win||36-1-1||Chris Sirengo||TKO||1 (10)||22 Feb 2000||Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa|
|Win||35-1-1||Najee Shaheed||TKO||9 (10)||15 May 1999||Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||34-1-1||Reynaldo Minus||TKO||2 (10)||6 Mar 1999||UM Sports Pavilion, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States|
|Win||33-1-1||Orlin Norris||UD||12||13 Dec 1997||UM Sports Pavilion, Pompano Beach, Florida, United States||WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.|
|Loss||32-1-1||Lennox Lewis||DQ||5 (12)||12 Jul 1997||Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States||For WBC Heavyweight title.|
|Win||32-0-1||Scott Welch||UD||12||11 Jan 1997||Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, United States||Retained WBO Heavyweight title.|
|Win||31-0-1||Alexander Zolkin||TKO||10 (12)||9 Nov 1996||MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States||Retained WBO Heavyweight title.|
|Win||30-0-1||Jeremy Williams||KO||3 (12)||29 Jun 1996||Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States||Won vacant WBO Heavyweight title.|
|Win||29-0-1||Gerard Jones||DQ||7 (10)||23 Mar 1996||Miami Arena, Miami, Florida, United States|
|Win||28-0-1||Brian Sargent||TKO||4 (10)||27 Jan 1996||Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, United States|
|Win||27-0-1||Tony Tucker||UD||10||16 Dec 1995||Core States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Win||26-0-1||Stanley Wright||TKO||2 (10)||22 Jul 1995||New London Arena, Millwall, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||25-0-1||Calvin Jones||KO||2 (8)||8 Apr 1995||Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United Kingdom|
|Win||24-0-1||Mario Schiesser||KO||7 (10)||23 Jul 1994||Sportforum, Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany||Retained EBU (European) Heavyweight title.|
|Win||23-0-1||Johnny Nelson||PTS||10||5 Apr 1994||York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||22-0-1||Biagio Chianese||TKO||4 (12)||1 Dec 1993||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom||Retained EBU (European) Heavyweight title.|
|Win||21-0-1||Frankie Swindell||PTS||10||6 Nov 1993||Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa|
|Win||20-0-1||Axel Schulz||UD||12||1 May 1993||Berlin, Germany||Won vacant EBU (European) Heavyweight title.|
|Win||19-0-1||Jimmy Thunder||PTS||12||18 Mar 1993||Lewisham Theatre, Lewisham, London, England, United Kingdom||Won vacant vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Heavyweight title.|
|Draw||18-0-1||Axel Schulz||PTS||12||19 Dec 1992||Berlin, Germany||For vacant EBU (European) Heavyweight title.|
|Win||18–0||Steve Garber||TKO||2 (8)||18 Jul 1992||Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||17–0||Kimmuel Odum||DQ||6 (8)||5 Jun 1992||Palais des Sports, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France|
|Win||16–0||Lumbala Tshibamba||PTS||8||10 Apr 1992||Carquefou, Loire-Atlantique, France|
|Win||15–0||Tucker Richards||TKO||2 (8)||26 Mar 1992||Ice Rink, Telford, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||14–0||Eddie Taylor||TKO||3 (8)||28 Feb 1992||Issy-les-Moulineaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France|
|Win||13–0||Tim Bullock||TKO||3 (8)||6 Dec 1991||Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany|
|Win||12–0||John Fury||KO||3 (8)||9 Oct 1991||G-Mex Leisure Centre, Manchester, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||11–0||Marshall Tillman||PTS||8||28 Jun 1991||Salle Leyrit, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France|
|Win||10–0||Ramon Voorn||PTS||8||6 Jun 1991||Broadway Theatre, Barking, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||9–0||J. B. Williamson||TKO||2 (8)||6 Mar 1991||The Arena, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||8–0||Francois Yrius||TKO||1 (6)||12 Dec 1990||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||7–0||Tracy Thomas||PTS||6||10 Oct 1990||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||6–0||Mike Robinson||KO||1 (6)||9 May 1990||Grand Hall, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||5–0||Warren Thompson||PTS||6||14 Mar 1990||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||4–0||John Fairbairn||TKO||1 (6)||10 Jan 1990||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||3–0||Paul Neilson||TKO||1 (6)||6 Dec 1989||The Arena, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||2–0||Dennis Bailey||TKO||2 (4)||8 Nov 1989||Grand Hall, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom|
|Win||1–0||Carlton Headley||KO||1 (6)||4 Oct 1989||Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom|
- Leach, Glyn (13 July 1997). "Boxing: Lewis wins another fight that wasn't". The Independent. Retrieved 18 September 2011.