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Henry Akinwande

Full name: Henry Adetokunboh Akinwande
Gender: Male
Height: 6-5 (196 cm)
Weight: 201 lbs (91 kg)
Born: October 12, 1965 in Dulwich, Greater London, Great Britain
Affiliations: Lynn ABC, Walworth (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Boxing


Born in England to Nigerian parents, Henry Akinwande spent most of his childhood in Nigeria before returning to England as a teenager.

He reached four successive Amateur Boxing Association finals in the heavyweight division between 1986 and 1989, winning the championship in 1988 and 1989.

Akinwande turned professional in 1989 won twenty nine of his first thirty fights (the other was a draw) picking up the British Commonwealth and European heavyweight titles in the process.

In his next fight he knocked Jeremy Williams of the USA to claim the vacant WBO world heavyweight title but after three successful defences gave the title up to pursue a shot at the, arguably more prestigious, WBC version of the title.

His challenge for the WBC championship against [Lennox Lewis] ended disastrously for Akinwande when he disqualified for persistent holding in the fifth round of the bout.

A proposed match with [Evander Holyfield] for the WBA title was abandoned when Akinwande tested positive for Hepatitis B. Cleared to return after a year’s absence for boxing he embarked on a series of victories though defeats to Oliver McCall and Oleg Platov coupled with a less than crowd-pleasing style meant he never received another shot at the heavyweight championships. As of September 2008 he has a record of 50 wins, 4 defeats and a draw and has not yet officially announced his retirement.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Boxing Men's Heavyweight Great Britain GBR 9T

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result JF J1S J2S J3S J4S J5S TJP MR
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Boxing Great Britain GBR Round Two Match #7 2 1988-09-26 Vanderlijde (NED) , Akinwande (GBR) 2 58 58 60 59+ 58 293
1988 Summer 22 Seoul Boxing Great Britain GBR Round One Match #14 1 1988-09-22 Akinwande (GBR) bye
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