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8 of the Best Boxers in Africa

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Boxing might not be the most popular sport in Africa, but it has a significant following. Whenever the best boxers take to the ring, it arouses a lot of fanfare. Some of the best boxers we’ve seen are from the African continent. They’ve provided some of the most memorable moments in the ring and bagged huge amounts of money. This article looks into eight of the best boxers in Africa.

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Anthony Joshua

The British-born Nigerian is the best African boxer. Anthony Joshua caught global attention after he won gold at the London Olympics in 2012. The following year, Joshua turned professional and claimed his place in the greatest of all-time debate. 

In 2015, he won the Commonwealth and British heavyweight titles. In 2016, Joshua won all three titles – World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Organisation (IBO) heavyweight titles, and the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) heavyweight titles.

He has a record of 25-3 from 28 fights and won 22 via knockouts. 

Andrew Tabiti

Although Andrew Tabiti represents the United States, he was to Nigerian parents. He’s a trainee of renowned boxer Floyd Mayweather Snr and trained at the Mayweather Boxing Club in Las Vegas. 

He turned professional in 2013 and has won the North American Boxing Federation (NABF) cruiserweight. In 2011 he retained the title and, in the same year, won the USBA Featherweight. He has a record of 20-1.

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Demetrius Andrade

Andrade is a Cape Verdian boxer who first fought in a professional fight in 2008 after a successful amateur boxing career. His senior career is also dotted with titles. Andrade has two titles – the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) light middleweight and middleweight Championship. Also, he won a gold medal in the 2007 World Championships.

Isaac Dogboe

The boxer was born in Ghana but moved to London. In 2013, he won the Amateur Boxing British lightweight title. At the London 2012 Olympics, he represented Ghana and nearly won a gold medal, only for the judges to overturn his victory. 

Many considered this a contentious decision. He turned pro in 2013 and won the WBO interim Junior Featherweight title and the WBO Featherweight title. His current record stands at 24-3.

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Ilunga Makabu

The Congolese-South Africa boxer turned professional in 2008. He also got his first victory the same year, defeating Zimbabwean fighter Elvis Moyo. Until 2023, Makabu held the WBC Cruiserweight title. His fighting record is 29-3 from a total of 32 fights.

Lawrence Okolie

Lawrence Okolie was born in the United Kingdom to Nigerian parents. His desire to pursue professional boxing was stirred by watching Anthony Joshua at the London 2012 Olympics

He turned professional in 2017 and his first bout against Geoffrey Cave. Lawrence has a strong record, 19-1, and won 14 by knock-outs. Additionally, he’s held the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Championship title for three years and won the Commonwealth title twice.

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Nordine Oubaali

The Moroccan-French boxer is an accomplished professional. He won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Bantamweight title in three years (2019 to 2021). He’s an Olympian, representing France in the Summer Games in 2008 and 2012. 

Although he didn’t win any medals at the Olympics, he’s won in other competitions – five gold medals in the French National Championships, a gold at the Medittereneas Games, and a bronze at the World Championships. 

Ryad Merhy

Born of an Ivorian mother and a Lebanese father, Ryad Merdy chose to fight under the Belgian flag. He turned professional in 2013. It took him two years to win his first professional fight. Ryad faced Sylvera Louis and defeated him in six rounds. The boxer has a record of 31-2, 26 of his wins being knockouts.

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