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Ghana Heavyweight Abraham Okine

  • National amateur champion of Ghana, with thirty amateur bouts experience.
  • Okine was trained by Keith Cook, and managed by Tom Yankello (best known as the trainer of former IBF Lightweight World champion Paul Spadafora. Okine could take a punch and give a punch well, according to Yankello.
  • Pro record included a win over former world heavyweight champion TNT Tony Tubbs. Tubbs, 47, and Okine, traded knockdowns in the first round.
  • In 2004, Okine was considered a promising rising heavyweight prospect, perhaps the best to come out of Africa in years. There was talk of Okine fighting Iron Mike Tyson at the time.
  • Referee had to stop the bout to check the Briggs cut in the first round before the bout with Okine could continue.
  • Television ring commentator Teddy Atlas noted Okine came into the Briggs fight four and a half pounds heavier than any previous bout in his career "A funny to come into the biggest fight of his career."
  • A scheduled Friday November 3, 2006, ten round fight between Okine and David Tua never took place. [[2]]
  • Ghana Web article,'Abraham Okine Makes Waves in U.S.' date December 22, 2004 [[3]]

Okine's heavyweight aspirations at a world title and his 14 bout American unbeaten streak got derailed when he was stopped in three rounds in a televised bout against Shannon Briggs in 2005. Unsuccessful comeback attempts in 2006 and 2007 resulted in losses by decision to Timo Hoffmann in Germany and Paul Mbongo in Canada for Okine, who never fought again.