Azumah Nelson's wife, record, age, awards, net worth in 2022

Azumah Nelson's wife, record, age, awards, net worth in 2022

Kenneth Mwenda
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:01 PM

For many years, the Ghanian legend has been regarded as the best African boxer of all time. Unfortunately, Azumah Nelson's wife died in the 1990s, forcing him to remarry. He did, however, declare that his second marriage did not work out and that he was forced to remain single. In the 1990s, the celebrity was also one of the first to own a limousine in Ghana. This article offers more amazing information about the star.

Azumah Nelson's wife
Former champion boxers Jeff Fenech and Azumah Nelson attend the Hublot's Legendary Evening of Boxing after-party with Beverly Adade on September 29, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: David Becker
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He is a former Ghanaian professional boxer who competed between 1979 and 2008. He won the WBC featherweight title from 1984 to 1987 and the WBC super-featherweight belt twice between 1988 and 1997.

Profile summary

  • Name: Azumah Nelson
  • Nickname(s): The Professor, Zoom Zoom, The Terrible Warrior
  • Occupation: Retired Boxer
  • Age: 63 years old as of May 2022
  • Gender: Male
  • Born: July 19, 1958
  • Birthplace: Accra, Ghana
  • Nationality: Ghanaian
  • Religion: Christian
  • Son: Azumah Nelson Jr.
  • Weight(s): Featherweight, Super-featherweight, Lightweight
  • Zodiac Sign: Cancer
  • Ethnicity: Black
  • Height: 165 cm
  • Weight: 69 kg
  • Stance: Orthodox
  • Total fights: 47
  • Wins: 39
  • Wins by KO: 28
  • Losses: 6
  • Draws: 2
  • Net worth: $1 Million - $5 Million
  • Facebook: Azumah Nelson

Who is Azumah Nelson's wife?

According to sources, the boxer had two marriages. Beatrice, his first wife with whom he had three children, died of cancer.

He later married Peggy Nelson, with whom he has three children. There is no definitive source on Azumah Nelson's house, however it is assumed that he lives in Accra.

It was in the 1990s when he lost his first wife, Beatrice Tando, to cancer. He was preparing for a battle with Pennell "sweatpea" Whitaker in the days leading up to her death. His wife's worsening health exacerbated his devastating loss to the American boxer.

Azumah Nelson's family relatives are less well-known. He does, however, have a kid named Azumah Junior, whom he has been grooming to be a boxer. Her daughter, named Dorinda married in 2021.

Azumah Nelson's record

Azumah Nelson's net worth in 2022
The WBC World Super Featherweight Champion, Azumah Nelson of Ghana, after his victory over Britain's Jim McDonnell at the Royal Albert Hall in London, 5th November 1989. Photo: Bob Thomas
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He won all four of his fights in 1983, and he opened 1984 with a decision victory over Hector Cortez on March 9 in Las Vegas. The following December, he became boxing royalty when he knocked out Wilfredo Gómez in round 11 to win the WBC featherweight championship. The star rebounded in the last round after falling on the three judges' scorecards to win the Puerto Rico title.

He began 1988 by defeating Mario Martinez in Los Angeles by split decision over 12 rounds to capture the vacant WBC super featherweight title. Unfortunately, Nelson was knocked out in the tenth round of their match, and the result was not favourably received.

To win the championship, he fought world champion Gabriel Ruelas in the fifth round on December 1, 1995. His first defence came almost a year later when he and Jesse James Leija fought for the third time.

He successfully defended his championship with a six-round knockout. He fought only once in 1996, as had become his usual pattern.

He lost the Lineal and WBC belts against Genaro Hernandez on points in twelve rounds in 1997. He held two world titles, the WBC featherweight belt from 1984 to 1987 and the WBC super-featherweight title twice between 1988 and 1997.

Azumah Nelson's last match was in 2008 against Jeff Fenech. It was held in Hisense Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and the Ghanaian lost.

How many fights did Azumah Nelson fight?

The boxer managed 47 fights. He won 39 out of the 47.

Azumah Nelson's age

He was born on July 19th, 1958, in Bukom, Accra, Ghana. He is currently 63 years old.

Azumah Nelson's awards

The star is one of the most celebrated boxers in Ghana and entire Africa. Some of the titles he has won in his career include:

  • WBC super-featherweight title
  • WBC featherweight title
  • Commonwealth featherweight title
  • African featherweight title
  • Ghanaian featherweight title

Is Azumah Nelson in the Hall of Fame?

On June 13, 2004, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame as the greatest African boxer of all time. With the induction of the 15-member Class of 2004, the International Boxing Hall of Fame now has 285 members.

How many times did Jeff Fenech fight Azumah Nelson?

Fenech and Nelson fought three times. Each winning once and a draw. Fenech is regarded as one of the best Australian boxers.

Azumah Nelson's biography
Azumah Nelson, left, and Jeff Fenech in action during a bout. Photo: Ken Levine
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Azumah Nelson's biography

He was born in Bukom, Accra, Ghana, on July 19, 1958. Boxing was a hobby for him as a child, and he always wanted to fight.

He tried on multiple times in the streets, which led him to his first visit to the gym, where he confronted the best boxer at the time. This marked the beginning of his fighting career.

He is widely regarded as one of the greatest African boxers of all time, and BoxRec now ranks him as the 31st greatest pound-for-pound boxer. He was honoured with the Sports Complex in Kaneshie, Accra, named after him.

Azumah Nelson's education

There is no definitive source about his educational history. However, as a child, he yearned to fight. His hobby was boxing. He attempted multiple times in the streets before being taken to the gym to meet the best boxer at the time.

Azumah Nelson's net worth

His wealth is estimated to be between $1 Million and $5 Million. He earned money being a professional boxer.

Azumah Nelson's cars

Due to his old age, the star is not the kind of person who moves around flossing with his new high-end automobiles. His limousine is one of the most known cars. He purchased the car back in the 90s.

Social media presence

The well-known celebrity hasn't been as active on social media. His only known account is on Facebook, which he only occasionally uses.

After Azumah Nelson's wife died in the 90s, reports indicate that he married Peggy. However, in a 2018 interview, the boxer said that his second marriage did not work out.

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Kenneth Mwenda is a business and sports writer with over five years of experience. At Sportsbrief, he contributes to writing biographies and listicles.