7 Nigerian Boxers Who Made Millions of Dollars
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7 Nigerian Boxers Who Made Millions of Dollars

Nigeria has produced several world-renowned boxers over the years, and many of them have gone on to make millions of dollars from the sport. 

One of the most notable among these is Anthony Joshua, the former British and Commonwealth Champion who has held the IBF, WBA, and WBO titles twice. But he is not alone. There are many other Nigerian boxers who have made millions of dollars from the sport. Let’s take a closer look.

Anthony Joshua

Anthony Joshua is the most famous Nigerian boxer in the world today. He began his boxing career in 2008 at the age of 18. He won the Olympic gold medal in 2012, turned professional later that year, and won his first heavyweight title in 2016. Since then, Joshua has gone on to win several other titles and has signed multiple lucrative endorsement deals. He is estimated to be worth over $60 million, and known as one of the highest-paid boxers in the world.

Gbenga Oluokun

As a Nigerian boxer, Gbenga Oluokun has faced former world champions like Manuel Charr, Lamon Brewster, Kubrat Pulev, Robert Helenius, Carlos Takam, Vyacheslav Glazkov, and Mariusz Wach. As an amateur boxer, he captured a gold medal in his weight division at the All-Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria vs Mohamed Aly. He won 16 fights and boasts of a net worth of $16 million. 

Samuel Peter

Samuel Peter started training for boxing at the age of 11. He went on to win the Nigerian amateur heavyweight championship as well as the Africa Zone 3 heavyweight championship. Peter, who became a professional in 2001, defeated Dale Crowe to win the vacant WBC Youth heavyweight title. He later won the vacant NABF heavyweight title by defeating Jeremy Williams in 2004 and knocked off Yanqui Diaz to win the vacant USBA heavyweight title. His boxing journey is however not without defeat as he suffered his first loss to Wladimir Klitschko, losing the NABF in 2005. He also lost his WBC heavyweight championship to Vitali Klitschko. His net worth is estimated to be around $5 million. 

Efe Ajagba 

Efe Ajagba started out as a professional boxer by developing a keen passion for sports. He made his first international debut at Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth games in Scotland, where he represented the Nigerian boxing team in the Super Heavyweight division and returned from the tournament with a bronze medal. In 2015, Efe led the Nigerian boxing team to the All-African Games in Congo Brazzaville and returned home with a gold medal. Efe also won a gold medal at the Olympics qualifying tournament, which took place in Cameroon in 2016. And in 2017, he knocked out United States Tyrell Herndon to claim his first professional victory in boxing. On August 24, 2018, Efe won his bout against American boxer, Curtis Harper and went further to defeat Nick Jones later that year. The win recorded in seven of his heavyweight bouts puts his net worth around $2 million dollars.

Helen Joseph

Helen Joseph is known as a Nigerian professional boxer who has challenged twice for the IBF female featherweight title in 2012 and 2015. After her professional debut in Lagos, Nigeria, Helen secured her first professional title, defeating Mable Mulenga via unanimous decision for the vacant WIBF Intercontinental bantamweight title at the Nationalist Stadium in Lusaka, Zambia, on 21 June 2008. She also scored a first-round knockout victory against Marianna Gulyas to secure the IBF Intercontinental female featherweight title. Nicknamed “The princess of Africa’ had three different boxing titles: the WBF, IBF, and GBU. She ranks among the top in the world of female boxing and has five weight classes – flyweight 115, bantamweight 118, super bantam 112, featherweight 116 and any other super featherweight 129.

Friday Ahunanya

Friday Ahunanya is a famous Nigerian Boxer known for defeating several undefeated prospects. He is also known for his appearances on ESPN fight cards. He began his career in 1988 and won his first 16 fights including securing a victory over undefeated Nate Jones, and Josue Biocus. However, Friday had a taste of defeat when he was hit in the eye by Lance Whitaker. After that, he lost other bouts before rebounding in 2007 with a 19-0 win over New Zealand prospect Shane Cameron.

Reports say he stopped another undefeated prospect in Alonzo Butler in 2008. His net worth is estimated to be around $5 million. 

Lateef Kayode 

With an estimated net worth of $5 million, Lateef Kayode is a Nigerian professional boxer who challenged for the 2015 WBA cruiserweight title. He has several wins to his name including the knockout of American Edward Charles Perry in 2003. With a relaxed demeanour in the ring, Kayode sent Perry sprawling to the ground in the 6th round. He also controlled the fight he had with Matt Godfrey eventually winning the bout. He was however knocked out by Denis Lebedev in his last fight. 

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