Boxing Famous Boxers from Nigeria

Reference
30.2k views 32 items

List of famous boxers from Nigeria, listed alphabetically with photos of the boxers when available. Nigeria has produced some very talented boxers over the years, including heavyweights, light heavyweights, cruiserweights, featherweights and flyweights. These are some of the best Nigerian boxers to ever live, so if you're a native of Nigeria and are aspiring to box professionally then these people should be your idols. If you're searching for a particular popular boxer from Nigeria then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for.

List is made up of boxers like Ijeoma Egbunine and Gbenga Oloukun.

This list answers the questions, "Who are the greatest Nigerian boxers?" and "Which boxers are from Nigeria?"

You can click on the names of these legendary boxers of Nigeria in order to get more information about each one. If you box or just love the sport then use this list of talented Nigerian boxers to find some new athletes to watch.

1
Dick Tiger is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Died at 42 (1929-1971) Dick Tiger CBE was a boxer from Ubahu village, Amaigbo, Nigeria, who emigrated to Liverpool and later to the United States of America. Tiger was a member of the Igbo ethnic group. Tiger was a ...more

2
Henry Akinwande is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 53 Henry Akinwande is a retired English professional heavyweight boxer and former WBO heavyweight champion.

3
James Oyebola is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Died at 46 (1961-2007) James Oyebola was a heavyweight boxer who won a bronze medal at the 1986 Commonwealth Games in the super heavyweight division. Oyebola was the British heavyweight champion from 1994 to 1996. ...more

4
Nojim Maiyegun is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 74 Nojim Maiyegun is a retired Nigerian boxer, who won the bronze medal in the men's Light Middleweight category at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. He was Nigeria's first Olympic

5
David Defiagbon is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 48 David Dejiro Defiagbon is a retired Nigerian boxer. Nicknamed "The Dream", Defiagbon fought for Canada and won the heavyweight silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

6
Duncan Dokiwari is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 45 Duncan Dalnajeneso Danagogo Dokiwari is a Nigerian boxer. At the 1996 Summer Olympics he won a Men's Super Heavyweight bronze medal, together with Aleksei Lezin of Russia.

7
Samuel Peter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 38 Samuel Okon Peter, nicknamed "The Nigerian Nightmare," is a professional heavyweight boxer and the former WBC heavyweight champion Peter rose to prominence as a professional fighter ...more

8
Richard Igbineghu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 50 Richard Igbineghu is a Nigerian boxer. At the 1992 Summer Olympics he won the silver medal in the men's super heavyweight category.

9
David Izonritei is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 55 David Izonritei is a former Nigerian boxer. Also known as David Izon, Izonritei won the Heavyweight silver medal at the 1992 Summer Olympics.

10
Peter Konyegwachie is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 53 Peter Konyegwachie was a Nigerian boxer. He hails from Ogwashi-Uku, the town that also produced another sport great, Austin "Jay Jay" Okocha.The town is the headquarters of Aniocha ...more

11
Isaac Ikhouria is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Isaac Ikhouria age 71 Isaac Ikhouria is a retired boxer from Nigeria, who is best known for winning a bronze medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, West Germany. A year later he won the title in the men's light ...more

12
Hogan Bassey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Died at 66 (1932-1998) Hogan "Kid" Bassey MBE was a Nigerian-British boxer, he was the first man of Nigerian blood to become a world boxing champion. He was born Okun Asuguo Bassey on the banks of the Cross ...more

13
Gbenga Oloukun is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Gbenga Oloukun age 35 Gbenga Oloukun is a boxer from Nigeria, who participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics for his native West African country.

14
Isaac Ekpo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 36 Isaac Ekpo is a Nigerian boxer.

15
Effiong Okon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 33 Effiong Okon is a boxer from Nigeria, who participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics for his country. There he was outscored in the first round of the men's light flyweight division by Italy's ...more

16
Olanrewaju Durodola is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 41 Olanrewaju Durodola is a Nigerian boxer who qualified for the 2008 Olympics in the Heavyweight division.

17
Ijeoma Egbunine is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 38 Ijeoma "The Praise" Egbunine is a female boxer and is currently the WBE Light Heavyweight World Champion and WIBF Light Heavyweight World Champion. She trains under Henry Okafor of ...more

18
Ike Ibeabuchi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 45 Ike Ibeabuchi is a former professional heavyweight boxer who defeated highly ranked contender David Tua and future heavyweight titlist Chris Byrd. Ibeabuchi's ring nickname is "The ...more

19
Emmanuel Izonritei is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Emmanuel Izonritei age 40 Emmanuel Izonritei is a boxer from Bayelsa State of Nigeria.Boxer at the 2003 Afro-Asian Games India. He was an athlete in the 2004 Summer Olympics for Nigeria, where he lost in the round of 16 ...more

20
Friday Ahunanya is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Friday Ahunanya age 47 Friday Chinedu Ahunanya is a professional boxer. He is a journeyman heavyweight best known to beat several undefeated prospects and for his appearances on ESPN fight cards. He fights out of Las ...more

21
Teke Oruh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Teke Oruh age 40 Teke Oruh, alias African Prince, is a heavyweight professional boxer from Nigeria.

22
Cyril Panther is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 80 Cyril Panther was a Nigerian boxer.

23
Emmanuel Nwodo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Emmanuel Nwodo age 44 Emmanuel John Chukuwuemeka Nwodo, known more commonly as Emmanuel Nwodo is a Nigerian professional boxer who fights in the cruiserweight division.

24
Ahmed Sadiq is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 39 Ahmed Sadiq is a Nigerian boxer who participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics for Nigeria. There he was outscored in the first round of the Lightweight division by Cuba's eventual winner Mario ...more

25
Jacklord Jacobs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Jacklord Jacobs age 48 Jacklord Bolaj Jacobs is a boxer from Nigeria, competing in the heavyweight division. As an amateur he represented Nigeria at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. A year later he won ...more

26
Davidson Andeh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Davidson Andeh age 60 Davidson Andeh is a retired boxer from Nigeria, who won the world title in the lightweight division at the second World Amateur Championships, held in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. In the final he ...more

27
Kingsley Ikeke is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Kingsley Ikeke age 45 Kingsley Ikeke is a US-based Nigerian super middleweight boxer. He lost to Anthony Hanshaw on points, KOd Antwun Echols but was KOd by Armenia's Arthur Abraham in the fifth round for the vacant ...more

28
Muideen Ganiyu is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Muideen Ganiyu age 39 Muideen Ganiyu is a boxer from Nigeria, who participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics for his native West African country. There he was stopped in the quarterfinals of the Featherweight division ...more

29
Akeem Anifowoshe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Died at 26 (1968-1994) Akeem Anifowoshe, popular as "Kid" Akeem, was a Nigerian Super Flyweight professional boxer. He is best known for his performance in Ring Magazine's 1991 Fight of the Year, which he ...more

30
Nestor Bolum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Nestor Bolum age 32 Nestor Bolum is a boxer from Nigeria, who participated in the 2004 Summer Olympics for his native West African country.

31
Ngoli Onyeka Okafor is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
age 39 Ngoli “Ngo” Onyeka Okafor is a Nigerian American male model, actor and Two-time Golden Gloves boxer and actor. He is of Igbo decent, with both of his parents being Igbo. Ngo has been called one ...more

32
Akinyemi Laleye is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Boxers from Nigeria
Akinyemi Laleye age 37 Akinyemi Laleye is a Nigerian professional boxer. He competes in the cruiserweight division and boxes out of the United States. He was a contestant on the 4th season of the boxing reality show ...more