Name: Henry Akinwande
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Hometown: Tallahassee, Florida, USA
Height: 6′ 7″ / 201cm
Reach: 86″ / 218cm
Boxing Record: click
Trainer: Don Turner
Manager: Sterling McPherson
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Henry Akinwande was born in London, England and moved to Nigeria as a 4-year-old. In 1986, he returned to England and represented Great Britain in the 1988 Olympic Games.
- 1986 ABA Heavyweight Finalist
- 1987 ABA Heavyweight Finalist
- 1988 ABA Heavyweight Champion
- 1988 Great Britain Heavyweight Representative at the Seoul Olympic Games. Result was:
- Lost to Arnold Vanderlyde (Netherlands) points
- 1989 ABA Heavyweight Champion, outpointing Herbie Hide in the final.
- Knocked out Jeremy Williams in three rounds to win the vacant WBO Heavyweight Championship on June 29, 1996.
- Relinquished the WBO title after two defenses to fight Lennox Lewis for the WBC title on July 12, 1997. Akinwande was disqualified in the fifth round for excessive holding.
- Was scheduled to fight Evander Holyfield for the WBA/IBF Heavyweight Championship on June 6, 1998 at Madison Square Garden, but the fight was canceled after Akinwande tested positive for hepatitis B.
| WBO Heavyweight Champion
1996 Jun 29 – 1997 Feb 1