Azumah Nelson, the popular and retired Ghanaian boxing star, has revealed that he aspired to be President until boxing got in the way.
After nearly three decades of competition, the 68-year-old retired as one of Ghana’s and Africa’s most distinguished pugilists.
Nelson rose to prominence in the 1980s and 1990s, when he held the WBC featherweight and super featherweight belts.
When asked about his boyhood, he said that he hoped to become President of Ghana when he was young.
“When you were a kid, you could say whatever you wanted. If I wasn’t a boxer, I’d like to be President. “I expressed what I wanted to do,” he remarked on TV XYZ’s Legends show.
Nelson explained his passion in boxing by saying, “My dad liked boxing, but my grandfather won’t let him go that far.” When I was younger, my father took me to see a boxing event… When we arrived, there were two tiny boys fighting, although one was older than the other.
“When they were finished, I noticed tears running down the young kid’s eyes and I believed the larger one had deceived the small one, so I told my father I wanted to fight the older child, and he said alright.”
“But I insisted on fighting right away, not understanding there was a procedure to follow before fighting, but I was thinking if it’s fighting, let’s go fight now… I wished to fight for the little guy.”