In 1962, Dick Tiger won the world middle weight boxing championship.
Tiger inspired lots of Nigerians to go into boxing.
He was 35, and 15 months earlier he had lost his middleweightchampionship in Atlantic City to Joey Giardello on what was concededto have been, by everyone but Giardello people, a warped hometowndecision.
Where is Power Mike, our master wrestler?
Only four or five reporters had shown up, and we waited outsidethe door to a 50th Street dressing room while the tap and slide of ajump rope sounded from inside.
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He started boxing at Makpara Approach School, a reform institution for children of Igbo men captured and adopted by the federal government forces during the civil war.
The euphemistic ''problem'' waswell understood.
The former number one contender to the lightweight crown of the world is one of the many Easterners whose education was cut short due to the civil war of 1967-70.
Giardello hadn't had a license to box in New Yorksince 1957.
You should help tell the public that Obisia Nwankpa is alive, hale and hearty." Obisia, who speaks Yoruba very fluently, would not strike you as an average Igbo man, despite hailing from Isialamogwa Local Government Area of Abia State.
''But that is not the entire story,'' Tiger explained patiently.
The old Obisia Nwankpa was boxing champion who won many laurels and championships within and outside Nigeria, high point being a shot at the world lightweight title then held by Seoul Mamby.