Mwakinyo named as leading Super Welterweight boxer in Africa

28Jul 2021
Nassir Nchimbi
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Mwakinyo named as leading Super Welterweight boxer in Africa

TANZANIAN professional boxer, Hassan Mwakinyo, has been named the number one boxer in the Super-Welterweight division in Africa by Boxrec.

Hassan Mwakinyo

The Boxrec, a network that holds records for professional boxers from all parts of the world, released the latest rankings yesterday, with Mwakinyo occupying the first position in Super Welterweight in Africa.

The boxer has been positioned 37th in the division in the world out of 2,050 pugilists by the same network.

Mwakinyo holds a record of 19 wins, with 13 coming by way of knockout (KO), two losses and none of his fights was declared a draw in his boxing career of 21 fights.

Tanzania’s prominent professional boxer has also been ranked top in the African Boxing Union (ABU) Super-Welterweight division.

Mwakinyo earned ABU's top spot after his impressive win in his recent high-profile fight.

The pugilist was previously ranked 45th in Super Welterweight in the world by Boxrec following his recent knockout (KO) win over Antonio Mayala of Angola.

Their bout was organized by Tanzania's boxing promotion company, Jackson Group Sports.

The Boxrec is a website dedicated to holding updated records of both male and female professional and amateur boxers in the world.

Mwakinyo, who made his debut in boxing on November 29, 2015, said he still wants to make headway in the game by fighting for the world titles under major sanctioning organizations like World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and others.

In November 2020 Mwakinyo successfully defended his World Boxing Federation (WBF) crown against Jose Carlos Paz, stopping the Argentinian in four rounds.

“I’m inspired by my ranking and I have to prove my worth in my next fights,” Mwakinyo said.

Jackson Group Sports CEO, Kelvin Twissa, said it is a great achievement for the boxer and they are very proud of other boxers’ successes.

Global Boxing Stars (GBS) CEO, Scott Patrick Farrell, lauded Mwakinyo, noting the latter is the next big thing in boxing, particularly after being named number one in Africa.

Farrell noted since his Mwakinyo's undercard bout versus England's Sam Eggington, the Tanzanian pugilist never looked back and found his way to the top.

The GBS leader noted: “Mwakinyo has so much potential and is probably one of the biggest secrets in the Super-Welterweight division."

“He destroyed Sam Eggerton in the UK and should have been a lot more highly rated after that fight. It’s now Hassan’s time and I’m excited to have the opportunity to promote such a world-class talent from Tanzania,” he noted.

Earlier, the Tanga-born boxer was not ranked top of the African boxing list and in the ABU because of having not participated in several boxing events sanctioned by the African boxing governing body.

The orthodox stance boxer currently holds the WBF Intercontinental Super Welterweight title.

Back in 2018, Mwakinyo shocked the boxing world when he sensationally stopped highly ranked English pugilist, Eggington, in just one minute of the second round of the undercard of the Amir Khan vs Samuel Vargas bout at the Arena Birmingham.

Mwakinyo’s victory over Eggington made the headlines across the world, as Eggington was the reigning  International Boxing Organization (IBO) Continental champion.

Despite the loss, Eggington went on to become crowned the IBF World Champion the following year.

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