Breaking news rolling in indicates that boxing legend, Azumah Nelson has lost his mother.
His mother, Madam Comfort Atwei Quarcoo died on Monday, January 2, 2023 at the age of 86 years.
The news was contained in a statement dated January 3 and issued by Mr Nelson, which confirmed that his late mother died at home after battling with a an undisclosed illness for sometime.
“I spent time with her 3-days ago and could tell she was in pain,” he revealed and reasoned: “…she is at peace now.”
“After raising her children well and seeing her grandchildren, she has done very well and deserves some rest,” he stressed and noted: “This is a celebration of life.”
“The Bible says in all things we should give thanks to God so we thank the almighty for this one too,” the boxing hall-of-famer expressed his Christian faith.
Nicknamed Professor Zoom Zoom Nelson, widely addressed as Africa’s greatest boxing champion of all time, he also requested for prayer for his family and added that funeral details will soon be made public.
A Nelson is a 3-Time World Boxing Champion, 2004 Boxing Hall of Fame inductee, Africa’s Greatest Boxer and WBC’s Greatest Superfeatherweight Boxer of All-Time. He was also inducted in the Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame in August, 2022.
Nelson’s professional boxing debut, in 1979, did not generate much attention, except in Ghana, where he was known because of his family ties. Internationally, Nelson lacked the recognition for such an event to be given its due importance.
With the years, however, all of that changed because he garnered worldwide fame as a boxer. He beat Billy Kwame in Accra by a decision in eight to mark his professional debut.
In his third fight, he fought on 3 March 1980, he knocked out Henry Sadler in the ninth round to win Ghana’s regional 126-pound title. On 13 December of that year, he knocked out Joe Skipper in round 10 to add the African continent’s belt to his Ghanaian regional championship.
In 1981, Nelson beat Bozzou Aziza in Togo; it was Nelson’s first fight abroad. He then beat Miguel Ruiz in his first United States fight, held in California. He added the Commonwealth of Nations’ Featherweight title with a fifth-round knockout of Brian Roberts.
Despite all his early achievements and being undefeated in 13 fights, Nelson was virtually unknown outside Ghana. Because of this, he was a decisive underdog when, on short notice, he challenged WBC featherweight champion, Salvador Sánchez, on 21 July 1982 at the Madison Square Garden in New York.
Despite losing that fight by a technical knockout in round 15, Nelson’s stock as a boxer rose after that fight, and he established himself as a deserving leading contender in the eyes of many fans.
Further, Nelson was put at a significant disadvantage when his custom mouthpiece was stolen and he had to make do with a makeshift one purchased from a store and cut to his mouth with a knife, leaving him in pain for the whole fight.
The Sánchez-Nelson fight would be Salvador Sánchez’s last fight, as he died almost two months later after suffering a car accident in Mexico City. In his next fight, Nelson knocked out fringe contender Irving Mitchell in eight rounds.