29.07.06 – Forty years have passed since Nigerian boxer Dick Tiger pulled off one of the greatest feats in African sporting history. The 37-year-old veteran shocked the boxing world when he became the first-ever world middleweight boxing champion to rise in weight and win the world light heavyweight title. The year was 1966. For many Nigerians, he was more than just a fighter, but for nearly two decades Dick Tiger was largely forgotten..
Gavin Evans in this week’s African Perspective explores how such an illustrious boxing career became overshadowed by the turmoil of Nigeria’s politics.
Jose Torres (Former World Light Heavyweight Champion)
Ron Lipton (World Championship Referee & Tiger’s sparring partner)
Richard Ihetu Jnr ( Dick Tiger’s eldest son)
Adeyinka Makinde (Biographer of Dick Tiger)
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