Accra, Ghana (CNN) — In his fighting days during the 1980s and 1990s, Ghanaian boxing legend Azumah Nelson’s thudding jabs and powerful overhands earned him the moniker “The Professor,” named for the lessons he’d teach opponents inside the ring.
A former three-time world champion, Nelson is often described as the best boxer to come out of the African continent.
His daring feats inside the four corners of the ring made him a national hero in the West African country, while in 2004 “The Professor” became the first African to be inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Today, Nelson’s nickname has taken on new meaning as the former champion now spends his time teaching the secrets of boxing to a new generation of athletes. Read more