Franco Wanyama

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Franco Wanyama
Franco and his students in 2013 2013-10-03 22-35.jpg
Franco and his students in 2013
Real name Franco Wanyama
Nickname(s) Thunderbird
Rated at



Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Reach 75 in (191 cm)
Nationality Ugandan
Born (1968-02-07) 7 February 1968 (age 49)
Kampala, Uganda
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 29
Wins 20
Wins by KO 7
Losses 7
Draws 2

Franco "Thunderbird" Wanyama (Born 7 February 1968) in Kampala, is a Ugandan amateur middleweight and professional cruiser/heavyweight boxer of the 1980s, '90s and 2000s who as an amateur represented Uganda at middleweight in the Boxing at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, losing to eventual bronze medal winner Chris Sande of Kenya, and as a professional won the BeNeLux heavyweight title, BeNeLux cruiserweight title, Commonwealth cruiserweight title, and World Boxing Federation (WBF) cruiserweight title, and was a challenger for the Commonwealth cruiserweight title against Chris Okoh, his professional fighting weight varied from 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb), i.e. cruiserweight to 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb), i.e. heavyweight. Wanyama defeated notable fighters such as Jimmy Thunder, Carl Thompson and Johnny Nelson and was sparring partner to Vitali Klitschko & Wladimir Klitschko. He currently resides in Rugby, Warwickshire and has 3 children,Nellie Wanyama, Shannon Wanyama and Wanga Wanyama.[1]

Early life[edit]

Franco started boxing around the age of 6 after becoming curious of what was inside a local boxing gym

Professional career[edit]

Franco made his pro debut on 25 December 1989 against Dutch fighter John Held (7-13-2) it ended a 6-round points draw, in 1990 he beat future world title holder Carl Thompson


  1. ^ "Statistics at". 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 

External links[edit]