According to him, he always held dreams of joining the army when he was young, but decided to venture into boxing based on the advice of Rawlings.
The former WBC Super Featherweight champion was speaking during a boxing event, dubbed “Azumah Nelson Fight Night”, organised at the Bukom Boxing Arena as part of his 60 birthday.
The ‘boxing professor’ said Rawlings played a huge role in his boxing career, explaining that had the ex-president not discouraged him from entering the military, perhaps he (Azumah) would never have become the man he currently is.
“To the Former President, Jerry John Rawlings, I say a big thank you for the love and support. He [Rawlings] saw the talent and believed in me and today I say thank you for discouraging me from joining the Army,” the legendary boxer said.
Azumah Nelson is widely regarded as the greatest boxer to ever emerge from Africa, having dominated the Featherweight and Super Featherweight divisions in the 1980s and 1990s.
The night showcased some budding boxing talents emerging in the West Africa sub region with some memorable epic bouts.