Azumah Nelson vs Cornelius Boza-Edwards

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  1. Vic-JofreBRASIL

    Vic-JofreBRASIL having fun Full Member

    Aug 19, 2010
    Who wins ?
    A battle between african fighters, Ghana vs Uganda.
  2. JohnThomas1

    JohnThomas1 VIP Member Full Member

    Apr 27, 2005
    I love Zoomah but Corny was a bloody good fighter himself in a pretty damn strong era, depth wise. I've got to go with the exceptionally proven Nelson but Boza is no easy out at any rate.
  3. AntonioMartin1

    AntonioMartin1 Jeanette Full Member

    Jan 23, 2022
    Azumah would brutalize a courageous Corneluis.
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  4. Blofeld

    Blofeld Active Member Full Member

    Sep 27, 2022
    On paper I would go for Azumah without a doubt but Cornelius fought in a golden age of exceptionally tough competition where every fight was a war. I don't feel his brief championship run really reflects his quality and I think any great SFWs of history would have had their hands full when the contenders were of the quality of Limon, Chacon, Navarrete and Arguello. Put the Boza-Edwards of the Chacon fights or Limon fight in the ring with anyone and you will be faced by a super tough and determined guy who could both box and punch. In fact Boza probably could have relied on his boxing skills more and avoided a lot of punishment but as a fan I am glad he chose to slug!

    Apart from Navarrete (who was still very good) and an early loss in his tenth fight he only lost to ATGs or HOFs (or soon to be). For me the Navarrete fight was the direct result of his last two fights being fight of the year level wars and I also had him winning the Chacon rematch by a few points. With a slight change of circumstances I could imagine a universe where he could have been a 6 or 7 defense champ which would statistically make this seem more competitive than it may at first appear.

    Having said all that I still give the edge to The Professor, as his nickname suggests I think he was a more three dimensional thinking fighter with Boza lacking any specific area he would have a significant advantage. I feel everything Boza could do Azumah could do a bit better. The only factor is Cornelius' sheer will to win and guts. Unless Nelson is at his peak it could be a torrid battle with maybe a possibility of an upset if over 15 rounds for Boza-Edwards.
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  5. Dynamicpuncher

    Dynamicpuncher Boxing Junkie Full Member

    Jan 14, 2022
    Nelson struggles with Edwards in the 1st meeting but wins a close decision.

    In the rematch as Nelson often does way better in rematches he stops Edwards late on in a less competitive fight.
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  6. Flash24

    Flash24 Boxing Addict Full Member

    Oct 22, 2015
    Boza -Edwards would make Nelson fight to win.
    But the better skills, and naturally bigger Nelson
    would eventually stop Boza.
    Heck of a fight it would be though.
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  7. Jel

    Jel Obsessive list maker Full Member

    Oct 20, 2017
    Brilliant post.
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  8. Blofeld

    Blofeld Active Member Full Member

    Sep 27, 2022
    Thanks mate!
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  9. Saintpat

    Saintpat Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jun 26, 2009
    Watched a good bit of Boza vs. Arguello the other night.

    Good as Cornelius was, there are levels to this game. And Nelson was on a different level of CBE. He wins by stoppage, perhaps in the corner, after taking control somewhere around the fourth or fifth and closing the show before the 10th.
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  10. LWW

    LWW Member Full Member

    Sep 15, 2023
    Boza was like Real Deal and Terry Norris in that they had sublime boxing skills but once hit turned to brawling. Boza exchanges once too often with Azumah and is stopped mid rds.
  11. Clinton

    Clinton Obsessed with Boxing Full Member

    Jan 22, 2009
    Gotta go with Zoo. Just a level above. Boza was no slouch though.
  12. greynotsoold

    greynotsoold Boxing Addict Full Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    Nelson was a consumate pro and a man worthy of great respect, but he caught a lot of breaks in his fights. The first Fenech fight, for example, and the first fight with Azabache Martinez. He was far from unbeatable and, in my opinion, there his a very large gap between him and an Arguello or a Chavez.
    In a fight with Boza-Edwards he would, like everybody else that fought Cornelius, be forced to go to war. He may very well win that war, but it is anything but a foregone conclusion. Each is more than capable of hurting the other, and it is very likely that Azumah will not match the pace that Boza sets.
  13. robert ungurean

    robert ungurean Богдан Philadelphia Full Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    I would not count out Boza here. Slightly favor Azumah but not by much