Henry Akinwande

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Henry Akinwande
Statistics
Real name Henry Adetokunboh Akinwande
Rated at Heavyweight
Height 6 ft 7 in (201 cm)
Reach 86 in (218 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1965-10-12) 12 October 1965 (age 51)
Dulwich, London, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 55
Wins 50
Wins by KO 30
Losses 4
Draws 1

Henry Adetokunboh Akinwande (born 12 October 1965) is a British former professional boxer who competed from 1989 to 2008. He held the WBO heavyweight title from 1996 to 1997, as well as the Commonwealth heavyweight title in 1993, and the European heavyweight title from 1993 to 1994.

Early years[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 (win over Paul Aston Liverpool)
  • 1987 ABA 2nd place at Heavyweight (win over Stephen Carford Shefield)
  • 1988 ABA Champion at Heavyweight (win over Simon Page Birmingham)
  • 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.

WBO heavyweight champion[edit]

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.

Akinwande vs. Lewis[edit]

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.

Professional boxing record[edit]

Professional record summary
55 fights 50 wins 4 losses
By knockout 30 1
By decision 18 2
By disqualification 2 1
Draws 1
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
55 Loss 50–4–1 Czech Republic Ondřej Pála UD 6 4 Jul 2008 Buyuk Anadolu Didim Resort, Ankara, Turkey
54 Win 50–3–1 Ukraine Andriy Oliynyk UD 10 30 Jun 2007 Olympic Stadium, Moscow, Russia
53 Loss 49–3–1 Ukraine Oleg Platov SD 12 4 Nov 2006 RWE Rhein-Ruhr Sporthalle, Mülheim, Germany Lost IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
52 Win 49–2–1 Mali Cisse Salif UD 12 4 Mar 2006 Small EWE Arena, Oldenburg, Germany Retained IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
51 Win 48–2–1 United States Ed Mahone UD 12 10 Dec 2005 Arena Leipzig, Leipzig, Germany Won vacant IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
50 Win 47–2–1 United States Tipton Walker TKO 2 (6), 2:48 24 Sep 2005 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, US
49 Win 46–2–1 Russia Alexander Vasiliev UD 8 14 May 2005 Oberfrankenhalle, Bayreuth, Germany
48 Win 45–2–1 South Africa Anton Nel TKO 10 (12), 1:39 10 Apr 2004 U. J. Esuene Stadium, Calabar, Nigeria Retained IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
47 Win 44–2–1 Germany Timo Hoffmann SD 12 31 May 2003 Brandenburg-Halle, Frankfurt, Germany Won IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight title
46 Win 43–2–1 Belarus Raman Sukhaterin UD 12 10 Dec 2002 Sala Sporturilor, Constanța, Romania
45 Win 42–2–1 South Africa Sam Ubokane TKO 7 (10) 29 Oct 2002 Wynberg Military Base Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa
44 Win 41–2–1 United States Curt Paige TKO 1 (8), 2:53 8 Mar 2002 Civic Center, Kissimmee, Florida, US
43 Loss 40–2–1 United States Oliver McCall KO 10 (10), 2:13 17 Nov 2001 Mandalay Bay Events Center, Paradise, Nevada, US
42 Win 40–1–1 United States Maurice Harris KO 1 (10) 16 Jun 2001 Cintas Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, US
41 Win 39–1–1 United States Peter McNeeley KO 2 (12), 2:05 17 Mar 2001 The Moon, Tallahassee, Florida, US Won vacant WBC International heavyweight title
40 Win 38–1–1 United States Kenny Craven TKO 1 (12), 3:00 8 Dec 2000 The Moon, Tallahassee, Florida, US Won vacant WBC FECARBOX heavyweight title
39 Win 37–1–1 United States Russell Chasteen TKO 5 (10), 0:49 25 May 2000 Grand Casino, Tunica, Mississippi, US
38 Win 36–1–1 Kenya Chris Sirengo TKO 1 (10) 22 Feb 2000 Velodrome, Bellville, South Africa
37 Win 35–1–1 United States Najee Shaheed TKO 9 (10), 2:21 15 May 1999 Jai-Alai Fronton, Miami, Florida, US
36 Win 34–1–1 The Bahamas Reynaldo Minus TKO 2 (10), 1:35 6 Mar 1999 UM Sports Pavilion, Minneapolis, Minnesota, US
35 Win 33–1–1 United States Orlin Norris UD 12 13 Dec 1997 Amphitheater, Pompano Beach, Florida, US
34 Loss 32–1–1 United Kingdom Lennox Lewis DQ 5 (12), 2:34 12 Jul 1997 Caesars Tahoe, Stateline, Nevada, US For WBC heavyweight title;
Akinwande disqualified for repeated holding
33 Win 32–0–1 United Kingdom Scott Welch UD 12 11 Jan 1997 Nashville Arena, Nashville, Tennessee, US Retained WBO heavyweight title
32 Win 31–0–1 Russia Alexander Zolkin TKO 10 (12), 2:32 9 Nov 1996 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US Retained WBO heavyweight title
31 Win 30–0–1 United States Jeremy Williams KO 3 (12), 0:43 29 Jun 1996 Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, Indio, California, US Won vacant WBO heavyweight title
30 Win 29–0–1 United States Gerard Jones DQ 7 (10), 2:18 23 Mar 1996 Miami Arena, Miami, Florida, US Jones disqualified for repeatedly hitting after the break
29 Win 28–0–1 United States Brian Sargent TKO 4 (10), 2:40 27 Jan 1996 Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix, Arizona, US
28 Win 27–0–1 United States Tony Tucker UD 10 16 Dec 1995 CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
27 Win 26–0–1 United States Stanley Wright TKO 2 (10) 22 Jul 1995 London Arena, London, England
26 Win 25–0–1 United States Calvin Jones KO 2 (8), 1:38 8 Apr 1995 Caesars Palace, Paradise, Nevada, US
25 Win 24–0–1 Germany Mario Schiesser KO 7 (12) 23 Jul 1994 Sportforum Hohenschönhausen, Berlin, Germany Retained European heavyweight title
24 Win 23–0–1 United Kingdom Johnny Nelson PTS 10 5 Apr 1994 York Hall, London, England
23 Win 22–0–1 Italy Biagio Chianese TKO 4 (12) 1 Dec 1993 Royal Albert Hall, London, England Retained European heavyweight title
22 Win 21–0–1 United States Frankie Swindell UD 10 6 Nov 1993 Superbowl, Sun City, South Africa
21 Win 20–0–1 Germany Axel Schulz UD 12 1 May 1993 Sporthalle Charlottenburg, Berlin, Germany Won vacant European heavyweight title
20 Win 19–0–1 Samoa Jimmy Thunder PTS 12 18 Mar 1993 Lewisham Theatre, London, England Won vacant Commonwealth heavyweight title
19 Draw 18–0–1 Germany Axel Schulz MD 12 19 Dec 1992 Berlin, Germany For vacant European heavyweight title
18 Win 18–0 United Kingdom Steve Garber TKO 2 (8) 18 Jul 1992 Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England
17 Win 17–0 United States Kimmuel Odum DQ 6 (8) 5 Jun 1992 Palais des sports, Marseille, France
16 Win 16–0 France Lumbala Tshibamba PTS 8 10 Apr 1992 Carquefou, France
15 Win 15–0 United Kingdom Tucker Richards TKO 2 (8), 0:56 26 Mar 1992 Ice Rink, Telford, England
14 Win 14–0 United States Eddie Taylor TKO 3 (8) 28 Feb 1992 Issy-les-Moulineaux, France
13 Win 13–0 United States Tim Bullock TKO 3 (8) 6 Dec 1991 Düsseldorf, Germany
12 Win 12–0 United Kingdom John Fury KO 3 (8) 9 Oct 1991 G-Mex Centre, Manchester, England
11 Win 11–0 United States Marshall Tillman PTS 8 28 Jun 1991 Salle Leyrit, Nice, France
10 Win 10–0 Netherlands Ramon Voorn PTS 8 6 Jun 1991 The Broadway Theatre, London, England
9 Win 9–0 United States J. B. Williamson TKO 2 (8), 0:19 6 Mar 1991 Wembley Arena, London, England
8 Win 8–0 France François Yrius TKO 1 (6), 1:02 12 Dec 1990 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
7 Win 7–0 United States Tracy Thomas PTS 6 10 Oct 1990 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
6 Win 6–0 United States Mike Robinson KO 1 (6) 9 May 1990 Wembley Conference Centre, London, England
5 Win 5–0 United States Warren Thompson PTS 6 14 Mar 1990 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
4 Win 4–0 United Kingdom John Fairbairn TKO 1 (6) 10 Jan 1990 Royal Albert Hall, London, England
3 Win 3–0 United Kingdom Paul Neilson TKO 1 (6), 1:28 6 Dec 1989 Wembley Arena, London, England
2 Win 2–0 United Kingdom Dennis Bailey TKO 2 (6), 2:15 8 Nov 1989 Wembley Conference Centre, London, England
1 Win 1–0 United Kingdom Carlton Headley KO 1 (6), 1:10 4 Oct 1989 Royal Albert Hall, London, England Professional debut

References[edit]

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

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Amateur boxing titles
Previous:
James Moran
ABA heavyweight champion
1988, 1989
Next:
Keith Inglis
Regional boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Lennox Lewis
Commonwealth heavyweight champion
18 March 1993 – October 1993
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Scott Welch
European heavyweight champion
1 May 1993 – April 1995
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Željko Mavrović
Vacant
Title last held by
Crawford Grimsley
WBC FECARBOX heavyweight champion
8 December 2000 – 17 March 2001
Won International title
Vacant
Title next held by
Timur Ibragimov
Vacant
Title last held by
Wladimir Klitschko
WBC International heavyweight champion
17 March 2001 – April 2001
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Denis Bakhtov
Preceded by
Timo Hoffmann
IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
31 May 2003 – June 2004
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Volodymyr Virchis
Vacant
Title last held by
Alexander Dimitrenko
IBF Inter-Continental heavyweight champion
10 December 2005 – 4 November 2006
Succeeded by
Oleg Platov
World boxing titles
Vacant
Title last held by
Riddick Bowe
WBO heavyweight champion
29 June 1996 – June 1997
Vacated
Vacant
Title next held by
Herbie Hide