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13.05.2008 Boxing

Chavez on Azumah`s mind

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle

Boxing legend, Azumah Nelson is looking beyond his 'round 3' fight against Jeff Fenech next month, and considering a clash with Julio Caesar Chavez later this year.

In an interview at his Achimota residence before leaving for Australia, he said that the probability of that fight hugely depends on how he will fare against his Aussie opponent in the June showdown.

“It was Chavez who proposed the fight some few months back, but I wasn't in the best of shapes so I declined his request,” said the champ.

However, the boxing professor believes a lot of water has passed under the bridge by way of preparation saying, “the regular visits to the gym places me in a better position to face any challenge ahead.”

The 'Terrible terror' pointed out that “I am in constant touch with Chavez to make the dream fight come true.”

After several comebacks, Chávez finally retired with a record of 108 wins, 6 losses and 2 draws, with 87 knockouts. He holds the record for the most successful defense of world titles (27) and most title fights (37). ESPN recently ranked him as the 17th greatest boxer in history.

Azumah, on the other hand hanged his gloves in 1998 after an impressive record of 39 wins, 5 losses and 2 draws, with 28 knockout wins.

Azumah left the country last Friday to Sydney, Australia, for a pre- match press conference ahead of his fight against Fenech on June 24, in Sydney.

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