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Hogan "Kid" Bassey MBE (3 June 1932 – 26 January 1998) was a Nigerian-British boxer; he was the first man of Nigerian descent to become a world boxing champion.[1]

Hogan Bassey
Hogan Bassey.jpg
Born(1932-04-27)27 April 1932
Died26 January 1998(1998-01-26) (aged 65)
Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria
NationalityNigerian

He was born Okon Asuquo Bassey on the banks of the Cross River, Creek Town, Calabar, Nigeria, and became naturalised British when he moved to the UK, where he spent most of his life in Liverpool.[2] He took the name Kid Bassey when he turned professional as a boxer. He was managed by and trained by George Biddles and Jimmy August.[3]

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Boxing careerEdit

After 14 contests in Nigeria, Bassey went to Liverpool arriving there three days before Christmas 1951.[4]

After winning the Empire featherweight championship, he won the world crown by defeating French Algerian Cherif Hamia in Paris in 1957. He lost the title to US fighter Davey Moore on 18 March 1959. Other opponents include Billy "Spider" Kelly, Percy Lewis, Tommy Profitt, Sammy McCarthy, Ricardo Moreno, and Willie Pep.[citation needed]

Life after boxingEdit

In 1959 he was awarded the MBE[5] following his world title win and went on to become a coach in Nigeria, which awarded him the country's highest honour in 1973. He died on 26 January 1998 at his home in Apapa, Lagos.

Professional boxing recordEdit

59 Wins (21 knockouts, 38 decisions), 13 Losses (4 knockouts, 9 decisions), 2 Draws[6]
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 36–5–1   Davey Moore RTD 11 19 August 1959   Los Angeles, United States For World Featherweight Title.
Loss 35–5–1   Davey Moore RTD 13 18 March 1959   Los Angeles, United States Lost World Featherweight Title.
Win 20–11–1   Ernesto Parra UD 10 13 December 1958   Hollywood, United States 98–89, 98–93, 98–91. Bassey was knocked down in the fifth round.
Win 34–7–4   Carmelo Costa UD 10 31 October 1958   New York City, United States Costa was knocked down twice in the third round.
Win 220–8–1   Willie Pep TKO 9 20 September 1958   Boston, Massachusetts, United States Pep was knocked down twice in the ninth round.
Win 22–5–3   Jules Touan TKO 7 24 June 1958   Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 29–3–1   Ricardo Moreno KO 3 1 April 1958   Los Angeles, United States Retained World Featherweight Title.
Win 39–11–2   Jean Pierre Cossemyns PTS 10 23 January 1958   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 23–3–3   Victor Pepeder PTS 10 7 October 1957   Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Win 30–1–2   Cherif Hamia TKO 10 24 June 1957   Paris, France Won World Featherweight Title.
Win 35–9–1   Miguel Berrios UD 12 26 April 1957   Washington, District of Columbia, United States World Featherweight Title eliminator.
Win 9–2   Percy Lewis PTS 15 1 April 1957   Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom Retained Commonwealth featherweight title
Win --   Joao Dos Santos PTS 10 26 November 1956   Leicester, East Midlands, United Kingdom
Loss 62–10–5   Jean Sneyers TKO 4 26 November 1956   Liege, Belgium
Win 47–17–5   Alby Tissong PTS 8 6 September 1956   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 44–7–3   Aldo Pravisani PTS 8 3 May 1956   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 19–18–3   Louis Cabo TKO 4 22 March 1956   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom Referee stopped the fight at 1:00 of the fourth round.
Win 60–8–5   Jean Sneyers TKO 4 7 February 1956   Harringay, London, United Kingdom Referee stopped the fight in the fourth round due to a severe cut.
Win 48–7–1   Billy "Spider" Kelly KO 8 19 November 1955   Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Commonwealth Featherweight Title.
Win 30–5–1   Joe Quinn KO 1 8 October 1955   Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Win 18–8–6   Juan Oscar Alvarez PTS 10 25 August 1955   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 14–1–1   Andre Pierson PTS 10 3 June 1955   Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 30–2   Marcel Ranvial KO 5 22 March 1955   Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 4–0   Percy Lewis PTS 8 31 January 1955   Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Win 8–5–1   Aime Devisch PTS 10 29 November 1954   Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Win 19–1–3   Harry Ramsden PTS 8 27 October 1954   Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Win 93–12–3   Luis Romero PTS 10 3 September 1954   Manchester, United Kingdom
Loss 11–6   Jo Woussem PTS 8 12 August 1954   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 34–16–4   Jacques Legendre PTS 10 2 July 1954   Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 12–4–5   Enrico Macale PTS 8 3 June 1954   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 52–5–3   Jean Sneyers PTS 10 29 April 1954   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 29–5–2   Johnny Butterworth PTS 10 4 March 1954   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Loss 39–5–1   Billy Kelly PTS 8 8 December 1953   Harringay, London, United Kingdom
Win 27–0–1   Sammy McCarthy PTS 10 6 October 1953   Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Loss 14–2–3   Juan Oscar Alvarez PTS 10 7 September 1953   Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Win 18–28–1   Tommy Higgins PTS 8 27 August 1953   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 53–29–6   Denny Dawson KO 4 9 July 1953   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Loss 25–6–3   Emile Chemama TKO 5 24 March 1953   Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 88–10–3   Luis Romero TKO 8 27 February 1953   Manchester, United Kingdom
Loss 14–14–2   Johnny Haywood DQ 3 30 January 1953   Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Win 15–2–1   Ken Lawrence TKO 5 20 January 1953   Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 24–8–1   Jackie Briers PTS 10 8 January 1953   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 46–16–3   Bobby Boland TKO 5 15 December 1952   Manchester, United Kingdom
Loss 14–0   Jean Pierre Cossemyns PTS 10 8 December 1952   Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Win 34–9–1   Tommy Proffitt TKO 7 14 November 1952   Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 34–8–1   Tommy Proffitt PTS 8 27 October 1952   Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 58–18–4   Eddie Carson PTS 8 9 October 1952   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 10–19–4   Eddie McCormick PTS 8 22 September 1952   Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 20–6–2   Stan Skinless TKO 7 11 September 1952   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 16–22–1   Tommy Higgins PTS 8 28 August 1952   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 27–19–2   Jimmy Cardew PTS 8 7 August 1952   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 10–2–1   Johnny Barclay KO 6 28 July 1952   West Hartlepool, County Durham, United Kingdom
Win 9–9–2   Ivor Davies KO 2 23 June 1952   West Hartlepool, County Durham, United Kingdom
Loss 30–10   Frankie Williams PTS 8 15 May 1952   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Loss 5–0   John Kelly PTS 8 26 April 1952   Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Win 45–12–3   Bobby Boland KO 5 17 April 1952   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Draw 28–6–3   Glyn Evans PTS 8 1 April 1952   Hanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Win 19–25–5   Len Shaw PTS 8 24 March 1952   Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Win 13–18–1   Tommy Higgins PTS 8 5 March 1952   Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Win 41–18–11   Peter Fay PTS 8 19 February 1952   Hanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Win 8–1–1   Ray Hillyard TKO 4 31 January 1952   Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win --   Young Spider Neequaye PTS 12 28 September 1951   Lagos, Nigeria West African Bantamweight Title
Win 0–1   Steve Jeffra PTS 12 29 August 1951   Lagos, Nigeria Nigerian Bantamweight Title
Win --   Adjetey Sowah PTS 10 30 May 1951   Lagos, Nigeria
Win --   Jack Salami PTS 8 16 May 1951   Lagos, Nigeria
Win -- Kid Chukudi TKO 3 4 May 1951   Lagos, Nigeria
Win 1–1   Dick Turpin PTS 6 29 January 1951   Lagos, Nigeria
Win --   Joe Bennett TKO 10 10 November 1950   Lagos, Nigeria Nigerian Bantamweight Title
Loss --   Bola Lawal PTS unknown 9 September 1950?   Lagos, Nigeria
Win --   Eddie Phillips PTS unknown 8 August 1950?   Lagos, Nigeria
Win --   Steve Jeffra PTS unknown 7 July 1950?   Lagos, Nigeria
Draw --   Ogli Tettey PTS 12 31 May 1950   Lagos, Nigeria West African Flyweight Title
Loss 0–1   Dick Turpin DQ 5 6 June 1949   Lagos, Nigeria Nigerian Flyweight Title
Win --   Dick Turpin PTS 12 1 January 1949   Lagos, Nigeria Nigerian Flyweight Title

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hogan "Kid" Bassey – First Nigerian to become a world boxing champion". Records Nigeria. Retrieved 2 November 2016.
  2. ^ "Hogan "Kid" Bassey". The Cyber Boxing Zone. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  3. ^ "Biography at boxrec.com". boxrec.com. 31 December 2013. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Obituary: Hogan Bassey". Independent (London). FindArticles.com. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Hogan". NigerDeltaCongress.com. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
  6. ^ "Hogan Kid Bassey – Boxer". BoxRec.com. Retrieved 5 August 2013.
Vacant
Title last held by
Sandy Saddler
World Featherweight Champion
24 June 1957 – 18 March 1959
Succeeded by
Davey Moore