The Nigerian Monster and Makhmudov

“The Nigerian Monster” and Makhmudov

This is the last boxer that Marc Ramsay and Camille Estephan Arslanbek Makhmudov wanted to offer for December 16 in Shawinigan.

The first 15 candidates refused. Even with grants that reach $200,000. It is after all a kind of phenomenon of 6 feet and 8 inches and 245 pounds that will make the journey to Shawi. Raphael Akpejiori is from Nigeria. He got a football scholarship to the University of Kansas. Then, at 6ft 8 and a superb athlete, he went to the University of Miami in 2010 to play basketball. He attended NFL Dolphins rookie camp.

After all, it was boxing that fascinated him. He dove in the magic potion like Obelix and won his first 13 fights in 13 knockouts. On average a round and a quarter. The final and fourteenth was won unanimously. He overtook his opponent.


I dug up a dozen of his fights on YouTube. Difficult to judge, he faced ham since we don’t even dare import in Quebec. that tells you Or maybe it’s so scary that guys rushed to dive in so they wouldn’t be decapitated. It might be, remember Dillon Carman vs. Makhmudov in Shawinigan.

But I think he’s less technical than Makhmudov. He doesn’t have the fat Russian’s Soviet-inspired training that made him both a true boxer and a destroyer.

And honestly, from everything I’ve found on YouTube, I haven’t seen him score a single hit.

His nickname rings out like a warning: The Nigerian Monster.

And his coach, we know him in Quebec, is Glen Johnson. He faced Lucian Bute in a 12-round championship match at the Coliseum in Quebec. It was full.


Oscar Rivas will probably get the chance to defend his belt. The WBC gave their go-ahead (received the organizers check) for a fight in Rozsdow, Poland yesterday. It is 50 kilometers from the Ukrainian border. There will be good stories.

Oscar meets Lukasz Rozanski on February 25.

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