Saturday, 6 June 2020

World Featherweight Boxing Champion - Hogan Bassey

Hogan-Kid Bassey was born on June 3 in 1932 in Calabar, present day Cross River State. He attended Greek Town School, Calabar, Ahmadiyya Primary School, Olowogbowo, Lagos. He went on to become a professional Boxer, won the Nigerian Flyweight title in 1949; May 31, 1950 he won the West African Flyweight title; Defeated Joe Bennets on November 10, 1950 for the Nigerian Bantamweight title; He also clinched the West African Bantamweight title. Traveled to Liverpool, England, won the British Empire Featherweight title on November 19, 1954 in Northern Ireland when he knocked out Billy “Spider” Killy his opponent. He held and retrained the World Featherweight Boxing title between 1957-1960. Returned to Nigeria, and became the First Nigerian Chief Coach in Boxing for 20 years.

He was honoured as a member of the British Empire by the British monarch and officer of the Order of the Niger by the Federal Government. After his retirement from boxing, he ventured into real estate management. He won the first world boxing title on June 25, 1951. Died on 26, January, 1998.


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