Ola Afolabi retires

Image: Ola Afolabi retiresBy Jim Dower: 36-year-old former world title challenger Ola Afolabi (22-5-4, 11 KOs) has reportedly retired from the sport as of his birthday on March 15.

Afolabi lost his last fight to former WBO cruiserweight Marco Huck by a 10th round knockout last February at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany. Afolabi’s left eye swelled up badly, and that was the reason why the fight was halted.

Afolabi wanted to get out of the sport while he still had his mental faculties in order.

“When you get old, the first things you lose are timing and reflexes. Although I tried my very best and worked really hard, I lost the fight,” he wrote, referring to his fourth meeting with Huck,” Afolabi said via ESPN.com.

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Ola Afolabi: A British Boxing Fan’s Appreciation

Image: Ola Afolabi: A British Boxing Fan’s AppreciationBy Paul Lam: On Saturday 27th February, one of contemporary boxing’s most underrated rivalries came to a conclusive end in Halle, Germany as Ola Afolabi was retired on his stool at the end of the tenth round of his fourth meeting with former WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck. It marked the first time that Afolabi had been stopped in his career.

His previous three meetings with Huck had been competitive and stirring affairs. This one was emphatically not. Early in the fight, Afolabi’s left eye started to swell from the blows he was taking, and it grew gradually worse as the fight went on.

Huck was only attacking in spurts, but still managed to land a significant number of hard shots to the head of Afolabi that shook him up, with some headbutts, wrestling moves and rabbit punches added in for good measure, as well as continuing to target the damaged eye.

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Huck defeats Afolabi – results

huck1By Jeff Aranow: Fighting each other for the fourth time, former WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (39-3-1, 26 KOs) stopped #4 IBF Olab Afolabi (22-5-4, 11 KOs) at the end of the 10th round on Saturday night to capture the 35-year-old Afolabi’s IBO cruiserweight title at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany.

The fight was halted at the end of the 10th round due to Afolabi’s left eye being completely closed. Afolabi’s right eye was closing from the 1st round. Huck and Afolabi clashed heads with Afolabi getting the worst of it.

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Weights: Huck 198.4, Afolabi 200

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By Allan Fox: Former WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (38-3-1, 26 KOs) made weight on Friday for his fight against Ola Afolbai (22-4-4, 11 KOs) this Saturday night on February 27 at the Gerry Weber Stadium in Halle, Germany.

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Marco Huck to face Ola Afolabi for fourth time

Exciting cruiserweights Marco Huck and Ola Afolabi clash for a fourth time, exclusively live on BoxNation in the UK, on Saturday 27th February at the Gerry Weber Stadium, Halle, Germany.

The addition of Huck v Afolabi will form a big LIVE double header with WBO World Super-Lightweight Champion Terrence Crawford defending his title against Hank Lunday later that night from New York.

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Povetkin defeats Wach; Lebedev, Afolabi & Durodola also win – results


By Jim Dower: Using his sharp punches to the head and body, #1 WBC heavyweight contender Alexander Povetkin (30-1, 22 KOs) dominated the bigger 6’7 1/2″ Mariusz Wach (31-2, 17 KOs) in beating him by a 12th round knockout on Wednesday evening at the Basket Hall Arena in Kazan, Russia. Povetkin, 36, kept his WBC Silver heavyweight title with the win. The fight was stopped in the 12th by the advice of the ringside doctor, who determined that Wach’s cut over his left eye was too severe for the fight to be allowed to continue.

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Afolabi stops Chakhkiev


By Allan Fox: #10 IBF Ola Afolabi (22-4-4, 11 KOs) weathered an early storm of hard head shots to come back and score a 5th round knockout win over #3 WBC, #4 IBF Rakhim Chakhkiev (24-2, 18 KOs) to win the IBO cruiserweight title on Wednesday night at the Basket-Hall Arena, in Kazan, Russia.

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Ola Afolabi vs. Yoan Pablo Hernandez on December 6th in Germany

afolabi33By Allan Fox: #3 IBF Ola Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 KOs) will be challenging International Boxing Federation cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs) for his title on December 6th at a still to be determined venue in Germany.

For Afolabi, 34, this will be the 4th time he’s fought for a world title or at least the full world title. He’s come up short three times against WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck.

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Afolabi named IBF mandatory for champ Yoan Pablo Hernandez

afolabi4554By Allan Fox: IBF cruiserweight champion Yoan Pablo Hernandez (29-1, 14 KOs) has got a very tough fight ahead of him in Ola Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 KOs), who the International Boxing Federation [IBF] had made the 29-year-old Hernandez’s IBF cruiserweight mandatory challenger.

Hernandez has a little over four months to face Afolabi, as the fight must take place by 12/31 this year.

Hernandez struggled to an unimpressive 12 round split decision win last Saturday night against 43-year-old former WBA cruiserweight champion Firat Arslan last Saturday night in Erfurt, Germany.

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