Ola Afolabi

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Ola Afolabi
Ola Afolabi 2015.png
Afolabi in 2015
Real name Olawale O. Afolabi
Nickname(s) Kryptonite
Rated at Super middleweight
Light heavyweight
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Reach 75 12 in (192 cm)
Nationality British
Born (1980-03-15) 15 March 1980 (age 37)
London, England
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 32
Wins 22
Wins by KO 11
Losses 6
Draws 4

Olawale O. "Ola" Afolabi (born 15 March 1980) is a British professional boxer. He is a two-time former WBO interim cruiserweight champion, as well as a two-time former IBO cruiserweight champion.[1] Nicknamed "Kryptonite", Afolabi was known in the ring for his slickness, counterpunching skills and durability. Born to Nigerian parents, Afolabi resides in California, where he also trained for the majority of his career.


Afolabi began his professional career in 2002, fighting at super middleweight and light heavyweight. In 2003 he was outpointed by Allan Green, prompting a full-time move to cruiserweight in 2004. He beat a small heavyweight clubfighter in Willie Chapman and added James Walton and Michael Simms to his victims. He also knocked out former Cruiserweight Champ Orlin Norris.

The win that put him into the limelight came over undefeated highly touted Golden Gloves champion Eric Fields whom he KO'ed in 2008. He was immediately signed to a promotional contract with Duva Boxing. Afolabi subsqequently made his national television debut on ESPN's Friday Night Fights, winning a unanimous decision over DeLeon Tinsley.

In March 2009 he scored another upset KO by defeating former WBO World Cruiserweight champion Enzo Maccarinelli to win the Interim WBO cruiserweight title in Manchester, England.[2]

His good run ended when he lost a very close decision against Marco Huck in Germany.

He rebounded with a first round knockout over former European champion Terry Dunstan.

After his 4th fight with Huck, a 10th round stoppage loss, Afolabi decided to call time and announced his retirement.[3]

Afolabi vs Huck II[edit]

After defeating 2 journeymen, Afolabi got a rematch against Huck on May 5, 2012, for Huck's WBO Cruiserweight championship, which would be in Germany as in their first match. In their previous bout, it was a very close fight ending with Huck escaping with a razor-thin majority decision victory. However, in the rematch, it was even closer than the first bout, with a brutal 12 rounds in a great fight. Unfortunately for Afolabi, the fight ended in a split draw, and Huck retained his WBO belt.

Professional boxing record[edit]

22 Wins (11 knockouts, 11 decisions), 6 Losses, 4 Draws[4]
Result Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Loss 22–6–4 Germany Mario Daser TKO 3 (12), 2:00 2017-05-19 Germany Barclaycard Arena, Hamburg
Loss 22–5–4 Germany Marco Huck RTD 10 (12), 3:00 2016-02-27 Germany Gerry Weber Stadion, Halle, Nordrhein-Westfalen Lost IBO Cruiserweight title.
Win 22–4–4 Russia Rakhim Chakhkiyev KO 5 (12), 1:44 2015-11-04 Russia TatNeft Arena, Kazan Won IBO Cruiserweight title.
IBF Cruiserweight title eliminator.
Loss 21–4–4 Argentina Victor Emilio Ramírez UD 12 2015-04-10 Argentina Villa La Ñata Sporting Club, Benavídez, Buenos Aires For interim IBF Cruiserweight title.
Win 21–3–4 United States Anthony Caputo Smith RTD 3 (12), 3:00 2014-07-26 United States Madison Square Garden, New York City
Win 20–3–4 Poland Łukasz Janik MD 12 2013-11-02 United States The Theater at Madison Square Garden, New York City Won vacant IBO Cruiserweight title.
Loss 19–3–4 Germany Marco Huck MD 12 2013-06-08 Germany Max-Schmeling-Halle, Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin For WBO Cruiserweight title.
Draw 19–2–4 Germany Marco Huck MD 12 2012-05-05 Germany Messehalle, Erfurt, Thuringia For WBO Cruiserweight title.
Win 19–2–3 Russia Valery Brudov RTD 5 (12), 3:00 2012-03-03 Germany Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf, Nordrhein-Westfalen Won interim WBO Cruiserweight title.
Win 18–2–3 Poland Lukasz Rusiewicz UD 8 2011-09-10 Poland Stadion Miejski, Wrocław
Win 17–2–3 United Kingdom Terry Dunstan KO 1 (12), 2:40 2011-07-02 Germany Imtech Arena, Altona, Hamburg Retained WBO Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title.
Win 16–2–3 Czech Republic Lubos Suda TKO 5 (12) 2011-03-19 Germany Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Nordrhein-Westfalen Won vacant WBO Inter-Continental Cruiserweight title.
Win 15–2–3 Georgia (country) Sandro Siproshvili UD 10 2010-10-16 Germany O2 World Arena, Altona, Hamburg
Loss 14–2–3 Germany Marco Huck UD 12 2009-12-05 Germany Arena Ludwigsburg, Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg For WBO Cruiserweight title.
Win 14–1–3 United Kingdom Enzo Maccarinelli KO 9 (12), 1:50 2009-03-14 United Kingdom M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Greater Manchester Won interim WBO Cruiserweight title.
Win 13–1–3 United States DeLeon Tinsley UD 8 2008-08-15 United States Ibiza Nightclub, Washington, D.C.
Win 12–1–3 United States Eric Fields TKO 10 (10), 0:55 2008-04-12 United States Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma Washington Won vacant WBO NABO Cruiserweight title.
Win 11–1–3 United States Orlin Norris TKO 7 (8), 2:31 2005-11-03 United States 4th and B, San Diego, California
Win 10–1–3 United States Michael Simms UD 8 2005-08-19 United States Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 9–1–3 United States James Walton UD 4 2005-05-27 United States Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Draw 8–1–3 United States Jonathan Young PTS 6 2005-01-14 United States Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage, California
Win 8–1–2 United States Willie Chapman TKO 2 (6), 0:54 2004-11-05 United States Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 7–1–2 United States Carlos Raul Ibarra UD 4 2004-08-37 United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 6–1–2 United States Man Semou Diouf KO 5 (6), 0:57 2004-07-09 United States Gold Coast Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 5–1–2 Mexico Gustavo Arroyo TKO 2 (4), 1:44 2004-04-23 United States The Orleans, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 4–1–2 United States Germain Thedford UD 4 2004-02-13 United States Fort Cheyenne Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Draw 3–1–2 Canada Anthony Russell PTS 4 2003-09-05 United States Stardust Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada
Win 3–1–1 Mexico Alejandro Rafael Virgen UD 4 2003-04-11 United States Radisson Hotel, Fresno, California
Loss 2–1–1 United States Allan Green UD 4 2003-03-08 United States Marconi Automotive Museum, Tustin, California
Win 2–0–1 United States Joe Mendoza UD 4 2003-02-07 United States Radisson Hotel, Fresno, California
Win 1–0–1 United States Tom Perea UD 4 2002-07-11 United States SAP Center at San Jose, San Jose, California
Draw 0–0–1 United States Gerard Barber PTS 4 2002-02-14 United States Marriott Hotel, Irvine, California Professional debut.


  1. ^ "Ola Afolabi". BoxRec.com. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  2. ^ "BBC SPORT | Boxing | Warren's warning to Maccarinelli". BBC News. 2009-03-15. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  3. ^ Gilbert, Peter. "Ola Afolabi calls time on boxing on 36th birthday | Boxing News". Sky Sports. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 
  4. ^ "Ola Afolabi". BoxRec.com. Retrieved 2016-08-01. 

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Sporting positions
Title last held by
Johnathon Banks
NABO Cruiserweight Champion
12 April 2008 – 14 March 2009
Won interim world title
Succeeded by
BJ Flores
Title last held by
Victor Emilio Ramirez
WBO Cruiserweight Interim Champion
14 March 2009 – 5 December 2009
Lost bid for undisputed WBO title
Succeeded by
Preceded by
WBO Cruiserweight Interim Champion
3 March 2012 – 8 June 2013
Unified by Marco Huck