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Boxing is no Cakewalk!

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Boxing is no cakewalk! Azumah ‘Ring Professor’ Nelson in the Social History of Ghanaian Boxing explores the social history of boxing in Ghana and its interesting nexus with the biography of Azumah Nelson, unquestionably Ghana’s most celebrated boxer. The book posits that sports constitute more than mere games that people play. They are endowed with enormous political, cultural, economic and social power that can influence people’s lives in various ways.
Boxing is no cakewalk! interrogates the social meaning and impact of boxing within the colonial and postcolonial milieux of popular culture in Ghana. Consequently, it reconsiders the prevailing conception of boxing as adversative to ‘enlightened’ human culture by arguing that it is a positive formulator of individual and national identities. The historicising of sports and the lives of sportspersons in Ghana provides an eloquent backdrop for an understanding of the past social dynamics and their effect in the present.
The book’s analytical narrative offers an intellectual contribution to the promising areas of social and cultural history in Ghana’s historiography and the scholarly discourse on identity formation and social empowerment through the popular culture of sports.

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BOXING IS NO CAKEWALK!Azumah ‘Ring Professor’ Nelson in the Social History of Ghanaian Boxing
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Pubîsed în Sout Arîca on bea o te Arîcan Humanîtîes Program by NïSC (Pty) td, PO Box 377, Graamstown, 6140, Sout Arîca www.nîsc.co.za
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CHAPTER1 Sports and modern boxîng Sports as eîcîtors o ambîvaence Sports, poîtîcs and socîety An overvîew o ancîent and modern ‘Engîs-stye’ boxîng up to te twentîet century he acuna în Ganaîan îstorîograpy Azuma Neson: Boxîng în Ganaîan îdentîty and socîety Proposîtîons and înterrogatîng te subject Revîew o reated îterature Sources and metods Organîsatîon o te book Notes
CHAPTER2 Roots o modern boxîng în Gana Ga-Masîe and îts assîmîatîon o Engîs-stye boxîng, c.1600 toc.1930s he state o boxîng în Gana,c.1958 toc.1980 Notes
CHAPTER3 Orîgîns? ‘ï am te son o my people’ he begînnîng Azuma Neson: Bîrt and cîdood days he paterna and materna ancestry o Azuma Neson
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Azuma Neson’s adoescence and gravîtatîon towards boxîng Eary gory: From te Prîson Servîce Boxîng Team to te Back Bombers,c.1974 to 1978 Concudîng remarks Notes
CHAPTER4 he rîse o te Azuma legend: he early years Azuma Neson ventures înto proessîona boxîng he Goden Feece: Azuma Neson grabs te WBC Featerweîgt Tîte, 1984 Deendîng îs tîte and reputatîon, 1985 to 1987 Notes
CHAPTER5 he legend contînues: he glory years Azuma Neson graduates to te super-eaterweîgt eve Rex o te super-eaterweîgts Azuma Neson and te HïV saga, 1988 Stî te camp: Wî e strîde înto te îgtweîgt dîvîsîon? A wrong move? Perne Wîtaker beats Azuma Neson, 1990 Azuma Neson returns to rue te super-eaterweîgts, 1990 A ater and son afaîr: Azuma Neson deeats Jef Fenec, 1992 Azuma Neson deends îs tîte agaînst Cavîn Grove and Gabrîe Rueas, 1992–1993 Adîos Amîgo! Azuma Neson and Don Kîng part ways A contested draw, 1993 Rematc: Jesse J. eîja deeats Camp Camp grabs te super-eaterweîgt tîte rom Gabrîe Rueas, 1995 Notes
CHAPTER6 he begînnîng o te end: Retîrement Twîîgt: he Genaro Hernandez trîump, 1997 he dîsastrous return: Azuma Neson aîs to grab a îgtweîgt tîte în 1998 Retîrement and îe ater retîrement
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he controversîa ‘und-raîsîng’ Igt wît Jef Fenec, 2008 Revîewîng te boxîng brîîance o Azuma Neson Notes
CHAPTER7 More tan paîn and passîon: Azuma Nelson’s out-o-te-rîng lîe Wîtout te goves: A usband, ater and amîy man Outsîde te rîng: A socîa actîvîst and îdo Gîvîng to socîety: he Azuma Neson Foundatîon Notes
CHAPTER8 Conclusîons Notes
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