Henry Akinwande

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Henry Akinwande
Statistics
Real name Henry Akinwande
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m)
Reach 86 inches (2.2 m)
Nationality British
Born (1965-10-12) 12 October 1965 (age 49)
London, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 55
Wins 50
Wins by KO 30
Losses 4
Draws 1

Henry Akinwande (born 12 October 1965) is a retired English professional heavyweight boxer and former WBO heavyweight champion.

Background[edit]

Akinwande was born in London, England but went to live in his parents homeland of Nigeria as a 4-year-old and came back to England as a 21-year-old (1986).[citation needed]

Amateur career[edit]

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.

Amateur Highlights[edit]

  • 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:
  • 1989 ABA Champion at Heavyweight, outpointing Herbie Hide in final.

Professional career[edit]

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.[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 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.

Achievements
Vacant
Title last held by
Lennox Lewis
Commonwealth Heavyweight Champion
18 March 1993 - 30 January 1994
Stripped
Vacant
Title next held by
Scott Welch
Preceded by
Riddick Bowe
Vacated
WBO Heavyweight Champion
29 June 1996 – 17 February 1997
Vacated
Succeeded by
Herbie Hide

Professional boxing record[edit]

50 Wins (30 knockouts, 20 decisions), 4 Losses (1 knockout, 3 decisions), 1 Draw [1]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 50-4-1 Czech Republic Ondrej Pala UD 6 4 Jul 2008 Bueyuek Anadolu Hotel, Ankara, Turkey
Win 50-3-1 Ukraine Andriy Oliynyk UD 10 30 Jun 2007 Olympisky Sport Hall, Moscow, Russia
Loss 49-3-1 Ukraine 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 Mali Cisse Salif UD 12 4 Mar 2006 EWE-Arena, Oldenburg, Niedersachsen, Germany Retained IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 48-2-1 United States Ed Mahone UD 12 10 Dec 2005 Leipziger Arena, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany
Win 47-2-1 United States Tipton Walker TKO 2 (6) 24 Sep 2005 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Win 46-2-1 Russia Alexander Vasiliev UD 8 14 May 2005 Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Bayern, Germany
Win 45-2-1 South Africa Anton Nel TKO 10 (12) 10 Apr 2004 U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Nigeria Retained IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 44-2-1 Germany Timo Hoffmann SD 12 31 May 2003 Brandenburg Halle, Frankfurt, Brandenburg, Germany Won IBF Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 43-2-1 Belarus Raman Sukhaterin UD 12 10 Dec 2002 Sala Sporturilor, Constanta, Romania Won WBN Inter-Continental Heavyweight title.
Win 42-2-1 South Africa Sam Ubokane TKO 7 (10) 29 Oct 2002 Wynberg Military Sport Complex, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Win 41-2-1 United States Curt Paige TKO 1 (8) 8 Mar 2002 Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida, United States
Loss 40-2-1 United States Oliver McCall KO 10 (10) 17 Nov 2001 Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 40-1-1 United States Maurice Harris KO 1 (10) 16 Jun 2001 Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Win 39-1-1 United States Peter McNeeley KO 2 (12) 17 Mar 2001 Cintas Center, Tallahassee, Florida, United States
Win 38-1-1 United States Kenny Craven TKO 1 (12) 8 Dec 2000 Cintas Center, Tallahassee, Florida, United States Won vacant WBC FECARBOX Heavyweight title.
Win 37-1-1 United States Russell Chasteen TKO 5 (10) 25 May 2000 Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, United States
Win 36-1-1 Kenya Chris Sirengo TKO 1 (10) 22 Feb 2000 Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa
Win 35-1-1 United States Najee Shaheed TKO 9 (10) 15 May 1999 Jai Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, United States
Win 34-1-1 The Bahamas Reynaldo Minus TKO 2 (10) 6 Mar 1999 UM Sports Pavilion, Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Win 33-1-1 United States Orlin Norris UD 12 13 Dec 1997 UM Sports Pavilion, Pompano Beach, Florida, United States WBA Heavyweight title eliminator.
Loss 32-1-1 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis DQ 5 (12) 12 Jul 1997 Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, United States For WBC Heavyweight title.
Win 32-0-1 United Kingdom Scott Welch UD 12 11 Jan 1997 Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, United States Retained WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 31-0-1 Russia Alexander Zolkin TKO 10 (12) 9 Nov 1996 MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Retained WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 30-0-1 United States Jeremy Williams KO 3 (12) 29 Jun 1996 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio, California, United States Won vacant WBO Heavyweight title.
Win 29-0-1 United States Gerard Jones DQ 7 (10) 23 Mar 1996 Miami Arena, Miami, Florida, United States
Win 28-0-1 United States Brian Sargent TKO 4 (10) 27 Jan 1996 Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Win 27-0-1 United States Tony Tucker UD 10 16 Dec 1995 Core States Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Win 26-0-1 United States Stanley Wright TKO 2 (10) 22 Jul 1995 New London Arena, Millwall, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 25-0-1 United States Calvin Jones KO 2 (8) 8 Apr 1995 Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada, United Kingdom
Win 24-0-1 Germany Mario Schiesser KO 7 (10) 23 Jul 1994 Sportforum, Lichtenberg, Berlin, Germany Retained EBU (European) Heavyweight title.
Win 23-0-1 United Kingdom Johnny Nelson PTS 10 5 Apr 1994 York Hall, Bethnal Green, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 22-0-1 Italy 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 United States Frankie Swindell PTS 10 6 Nov 1993 Superbowl, Sun City, North-West, South Africa
Win 20-0-1 Germany Axel Schulz UD 12 1 May 1993 Berlin, Germany Won vacant EBU (European) Heavyweight title.
Win 19-0-1 Samoa 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 Germany Axel Schulz PTS 12 19 Dec 1992 Berlin, Germany For vacant EBU (European) Heavyweight title.
Win 18–0 United Kingdom Steve Garber TKO 2 (8) 18 Jul 1992 Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Win 17–0 United States Kimmuel Odum DQ 6 (8) 5 Jun 1992 Palais des Sports, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Win 16–0 France Lumbala Tshibamba PTS 8 10 Apr 1992 Carquefou, Loire-Atlantique, France
Win 15–0 United Kingdom Tucker Richards TKO 2 (8) 26 Mar 1992 Ice Rink, Telford, Shropshire, England, United Kingdom
Win 14–0 United States Eddie Taylor TKO 3 (8) 28 Feb 1992 Issy-les-Moulineaux, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Win 13–0 United States Tim Bullock TKO 3 (8) 6 Dec 1991 Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Win 12–0 United Kingdom John Fury KO 3 (8) 9 Oct 1991 G-Mex Leisure Centre, Manchester, England, United Kingdom
Win 11–0 United States Marshall Tillman PTS 8 28 Jun 1991 Salle Leyrit, Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France
Win 10–0 Netherlands Ramon Voorn PTS 8 6 Jun 1991 Broadway Theatre, Barking, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 9–0 United States J. B. Williamson TKO 2 (8) 6 Mar 1991 The Arena, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 8–0 France Francois Yrius TKO 1 (6) 12 Dec 1990 Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 7–0 United States Tracy Thomas PTS 6 10 Oct 1990 Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 6–0 United States Mike Robinson KO 1 (6) 9 May 1990 Grand Hall, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 5–0 United States Warren Thompson PTS 6 14 Mar 1990 Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 4–0 United Kingdom John Fairbairn TKO 1 (6) 10 Jan 1990 Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 3–0 United Kingdom Paul Neilson TKO 1 (6) 6 Dec 1989 The Arena, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 2–0 United Kingdom Dennis Bailey TKO 2 (4) 8 Nov 1989 Grand Hall, Wembley, London, England, United Kingdom
Win 1–0 United Kingdom Carlton Headley KO 1 (6) 4 Oct 1989 Royal Albert Hall, Kensington, London, England, United Kingdom

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Leach, Glyn (13 July 1997). "Boxing: Lewis wins another fight that wasn't". The Independent. Retrieved 18 September 2011.