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Franco Wanyama boxer

Franco Wanyama image
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Debut 1989-12-25
Born 1968-02-07
Nationality Uganda
Residence Waregem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
bouts
29
won
20
lost
7
draw
2
bouts
29
won
20
lost
7
draw
2
Status inactive
Division heavyweight
Debut 1989-12-25
Born 1968-02-07
Nationality Uganda
Residence Waregem, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

CruiserweightFranco "Thunderbird" Wanyama (7 February 1968 - 21 March 2019) in Kampala, was a Ugandan amateur middleweight and professional cruiser/heavyweight boxer of the 1980s, '90s and 2000s who as an amateur represented Uganda at middleweight in the Boxing at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, losing to eventual bronze medal winner Chris Sande of Kenya, and as a professional won the BeNeLux heavyweight title, BeNeLux cruiserweight title, Commonwealth cruiserweight title, and World Boxing Federation (WBF) cruiserweight title, and was a challenger for the Commonwealth cruiserweight title against Chris Okoh, his professional fighting weight varied from 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb), i.e. cruiserweight to 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb), i.e. heavyweight. Wanyama defeated notable fighters such as Jimmy Thunder, Carl Thompson and Johnny Nelson and was sparring partner to Vitali Klitschko & Wladimir Klitschko. He lived his last years in Rugby, Warwickshire, England and had 3 children, Nellie Wanyama, Shannon Wanyama and Wanga Wanyama.

CruiserweightFranco "Thunderbird" Wanyama (7 February 1968 - 21 March 2019) in Kampala, was a Ugandan amateur middleweight and professional cruiser/heavyweight boxer of the 1980s, '90s and 2000s who as an amateur represented Uganda at middleweight in the Boxing at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, losing to eventual bronze medal winner Chris Sande of Kenya, and as a professional won the BeNeLux heavyweight title, BeNeLux cruiserweight title, Commonwealth cruiserweight title, and World Boxing Federation (WBF) cruiserweight title, and was a challenger for the Commonwealth cruiserweight title against Chris Okoh, his professional fighting weight varied from 181 lb (82 kg; 12 st 13 lb), i.e. cruiserweight to 192 lb (87 kg; 13 st 10 lb), i.e. heavyweight. Wanyama defeated notable fighters such as Jimmy Thunder, Carl Thompson and Johnny Nelson and was sparring partner to Vitali Klitschko & Wladimir Klitschko. He lived his last years in Rugby, Warwickshire, England and had 3 children, Nellie Wanyama, Shannon Wanyama and Wanga Wanyama.

Date Opponent Last Opponents' Results Place Titles Result
June 16, 2000 Csaba Olah LLLLLL Ghent WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 15, 1999 Daniel Jerling W Ghent WIN
Points
April 5, 1999 Geert Blieck LWLWWL Ghent WIN
Majority decision
Dec. 25, 1997 Abdul Kadou WWWWLW Nakivubo Stadium, Kampala WIN
Points
Dec. 25, 1996 Dirk Wallyn WWLWWW Izegem LOSS
Technical knockout
Nov. 1, 1996 Dirk Wallyn WWWWLW Izegem LOSS
Technical knockout
Feb. 6, 1996 Garry Delaney WWWWWL Festival Hall, Basildon LOSS
Points
Sept. 29, 1995 Chris Okoh WWWWWW York Hall, Bethnal Green vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Cruiserweight

LOSS
Technical knockout
July 16, 1995 James Thunder WWWWWW Cobo Arena, Detroit WIN
Split-decision
April 2, 1994 Kalin Stoyanov LLLWLL de Haan DRAW
Points
Jan. 28, 1994 Tony Booth WLLDLW Waregem vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Cruiserweight

WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 25, 1993 Bobbie Joe Edwards WWLLWL Izegem WIN
Points
Oct. 1, 1993 Johnny Nelson WLLLWW Waregem WIN
DQ
April 23, 1993 Daniel Krumov LLLLL Waregem WIN
TD
Jan. 29, 1993 John Held WWWLWL Waregem BeNeLux Cruiserweight

WIN
Unanimous decision
Dec. 25, 1992 Tony Booth WLLLDD Izegem WIN
Points
Nov. 1, 1992 Faustino Gonzalez WWW Izegem WIN
Technical knockout
Oct. 2, 1992 Vladimir Dyukarev WLLWWW Waregem WIN
Technical knockout
June 24, 1991 John Emmen LWWWLW Weenahal, Rotterdam BeNeLux Heavyweight

LOSS
KO
Feb. 18, 1991 Ramon Voorn WWWWLL Sportcentrum Valkencourt, Valkenswaard vacant BeNeLux Heavyweight

WIN
Points
Dec. 25, 1990 Boubakar Sanogo WWWWLL Izegem vacant BeNeLux Heavyweight

WIN
Points
Oct. 13, 1990 Norbert Ekassi WWWLLW Ghent vacant BeNeLux Heavyweight

LOSS
KO
May 12, 1990 Ian Bulloch LDLWLL Waasmunster vacant BeNeLux Heavyweight

WIN
Technical knockout
April 21, 1990 Carl Thompson WWWWWL Sint Amandsberg WIN
Points
April 7, 1990 Mohamed Zaoui WWLWLL Carvin WIN
Technical knockout
March 16, 1990 Christophe Girard WWWWWW Blois LOSS
Points
Feb. 10, 1990 Serge Bolivard DDWLLL Roeselare WIN
Points
Jan. 12, 1990 Abner Blackstock LWLLLL Waregem WIN
Technical knockout
Dec. 25, 1989 John Held LLLLWD Izegem DRAW
Points