Friday Ahunanya

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Friday Ahunanya
Statistics
Real name Friday Chinedu Ahunanya
Nickname(s) The 13th
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Nationality Nigerian
Born (1971-11-19) 19 November 1971 (age 45)
Port Harcourt, Nigeria
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 36
Wins 24
Wins by KO 13
Losses 8
Draws 3
No contests 1

Friday Chinedu Ahunanya (born 19 November 1971 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria) is a professional boxer.[1] He is a journeyman heavyweight best known for beating 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.

Career[edit]

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[edit]

24 Wins (13 knockouts, 11 decisions), 9 Losses (1 knockout, 8 decisions), 3 Draws[2]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 17-0 Cuba Mike "The Rebel" Perez UD 10 30/12/2011 United States Morongo Casino, Resort & Spa, Cabazon, California 90-100, 90-100, 90-100.
Loss 32-2 United States Chris Arreola UD 10 09/07/2011 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey 90-100, 91-99, 91-99.
Loss 23-17-2 Mali Cisse Salif UD 6 24/05/2011 United States Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, California 55-59, 56-58, 56-58.
Loss 50-3-1 New Zealand David Tua UD 12 31/03/2010 New Zealand Trusts Stadium, Auckland WBO Asia Pacific/Oriental Heavyweight Titles. 109-119, 111-117, 108-120.
Win 26-0-1 United States Alonzo Butler UD 10 20/06/2008 United States Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada 95-94, 96-93, 95-94.
Win 19-0 New Zealand Shane Cameron TKO 12 02/11/2007 New Zealand 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 United States Franklin Lawrence SD 8 06/07/2007 United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada 79-73, 74-78, 76-76.
Win 21-9-2 United States James "Hurricane" Walton TKO 2 15/06/2007 United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:50 of the second round.
Win 15-23-1 United States Ramon Hayes UD 6 27/04/2007 United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada 60-54, 59-55, 59-55.
Loss 6-0 Russia Alexander Povetkin UD 6 22/04/2006 Germany SAP Arena, Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg
Loss 17-0 Russia Sultan Ibragimov TD 9 16/09/2005 United States Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia WBO Asia Pacific Heavyweight Title. 84-88, 83-88, 83-87.
Draw 25-2 United States Dominick Guinn PTS 10 22/04/2005 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada 93-97, 95-95, 95-95.
Loss 22-1-1 United States Taurus Sykes UD 12 11/03/2005 United States Lea County Events Center, Hobbs, New Mexico WBA NABA Heavyweight Title. 112-116, 113-115, 110-118.
Loss 27-2-1 United States Lance Whitaker TKO 5 17/04/2004 United States 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 United States Thomas "Top Dawg" Williams KO 4 05/12/2003 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida Williams knocked out at 1:34 of the fourth round.
Win 15-17 Ivory Coast Onebo Maxime UD 10 23/08/2003 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida
Win 12-3-1 Brazil Francisco Daniel Silva TKO 1 28/06/2003 United States Seminole Casino, Coconut Creek, Florida Referee stopped the bout at 1:13 of the first round.
Draw 32-12 United States Terrence "KO" Lewis PTS 10 28/02/2003 United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada 95-95, 95-95, 95-95.
Win 12-0 France Josue Blocus SD 10 01/06/2002 United States Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey 97-93, 97-93, 95-96.
Loss 15-0 Belarus Siarhei Liakhovich UD 12 17/11/2001 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada WBA NABA Heavyweight Title. 112-116, 110-118, 112-116.
Win 6-8-2 United States James V. Lester TKO 1 30/06/2001 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:28 of the first round.
Win 16-0-1 United States Nate Jones SD 12 03/03/2001 United States Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas, Nevada WBA NABA Heavyweight Title. 115-112, 114-113, 113-114.
Win 11-5-1 United States Otis Tisdale UD 8 28/11/2000 United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3-2-1 United States Ivy Calvin KO 5 26/10/2000 United States Hollywood Park Racetrack, Inglewood, California Calvin knocked out at 1:06 of the fifth round.
Win 11-1 United States Derrell Dixon PTS 8 16/09/2000 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 13-25-8 United States Wesley Martin TKO 8 11/08/2000 United States Paris Las Vegas, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 8-6-3 Mexico Agustin Corpus TKO 3 01/04/2000 United States The Regent, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:59 of the third round.
Win 4-2-1 United States Donald Macon TKO 1 03/03/2000 United States Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 1:40 of the first round.
Win -- Mexico Juan Carlos Maldonado TKO 1 12/02/1999 United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 1:51 of the first round.
Win 4-5-1 United States Willie Chapman UD 6 20/11/1998 United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada 60-54, 60-54, 60-54.
Win 3-2-1 United States James V. Lester PTS 6 31/07/1998 United States Las Vegas, Nevada
Win -- Tahavalu Samiu KO 3 11/07/1998 United States Reno Hilton Casino Resort, Reno, Nevada
Win -- United States Joe L. Gray UD 4 15/05/1998 United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 1-0 United States Darrell Morgan PTS 4 09/04/1998 United States Phoenix, Arizona
Win 6-0 United States Shane William Heavyrunner TKO 4 20/03/1998 United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 2:22 of the fourth round.
Win -- United States Larry Wilson TKO 1 27/02/1998 United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada Referee stopped the bout at 1:18 of the first round.

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