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Hogan Bassey’s biography, net worth, fact, career, awards and life story

Intro Nigerian professional boxer
A.K.A. Hogan “Kid” Bassey, Okon Asuguo Bassey
Was

Athlete 
Boxer 

From

Nigeria 

Type

Sports 

Gender male
Birth 3 June 1932, Cross River
Death 26 January 1998, Lagos
(aged 65 years)

Star sign Gemini

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.
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. 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.

Boxing career

After 14 contests in Nigeria, Bassey went to Liverpool in 1952.

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 U.S. fighter Davey Moore on 18 March 1959. Other opponents include Billy “Spider” Kelly, Percy Lewis, Tommy Profitt, Sammy McCarthy, Ricardo Moreno, and Willie Pep.

Life after boxing

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

Professional boxing record

59 Wins (21 knockouts, 38 decisions), 13 Losses (4 knockouts, 9 decisions), 2 Draws
Result Record Opponent Type Round Date Location Notes
Loss 36-5-1 Davey Moore RTD 11 19 Aug 1959 Los Angeles, California, United States For World Featherweight Title.
Loss 35-5-1 Davey Moore RTD 13 18 Mar 1959 Los Angeles, California, United States Lost World Featherweight Title.
Win 20-11-1 Ernesto Parra UD 10 13 Dec 1958 Hollywood, California, 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 Oct 1958 New York City, United States Costa was knocked down twice in the third round.
Win 220-8-1 Willie Pep TKO 9 20 Sep 1958 Boston, Massachusetts, United States Pep was knocked down twice in the ninth round.
Win 22-5-3 Jules Touan TKO 7 24 Jun 1958 Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 29-3-1 Ricardo Moreno KO 3 1 Apr 1958 Los Angeles, California, United States Retained World Featherweight Title.
Win 39-11-2 Jean Pierre Cossemyns PTS 10 23 Jan 1958 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 23-3-3 Victor Pepeder PTS 10 7 Oct 1957 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Win 30-1-2 Cherif Hamia TKO 10 24 Jun 1957 Paris, France Won World Featherweight Title.
Win 35-9-1 Miguel Berrios UD 12 26 Apr 1957 Washington, District of Columbia, United States World Featherweight Title eliminator.
Win 9-2 Percy Lewis PTS 15 1 Apr 1957 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom Commonwealth Featherweight Title.
Win Joao Dos Santos PTS 10 26 Nov 1956 Leicester, East Midlands, United Kingdom
Loss 62-10-5 Jean Sneyers TKO 4 26 Nov 1956 Liege, Belgium
Win 47-17-5 Alby Tissong PTS 8 6 Sep 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 Mar 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 Feb 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 Nov 1955 Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom Commonwealth Featherweight Title.
Win 30-5-1 Joe Quinn KO 1 8 Oct 1955 Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Win 18-8-6 Juan Oscar Alvarez PTS 10 25 Aug 1955 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 14-1-1 Andre Pierson PTS 10 3 Jun 1955 Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 30-2 Marcel Ranvial KO 5 22 Mar 1955 Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 4-0 Percy Lewis PTS 8 31 Jan 1955 Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
Win 8-5-1 Aime Devisch PTS 10 29 Nov 1954 Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Win 19-1-3 Harry Ramsden PTS 8 27 Oct 1954 Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Win 93-12-3 Luis Romero PTS 10 3 Sep 1954 Manchester, United Kingdom
Loss 11-6 Jo Woussem PTS 8 12 Aug 1954 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 34-16-4 Jacques Legendre PTS 10 2 Jul 1954 Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 12-4-5 Enrico Macale PTS 8 3 Jun 1954 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 52-5-3 Jean Sneyers PTS 10 29 Apr 1954 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 29-5-2 Johnny Butterworth PTS 10 4 Mar 1954 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Loss 39-5-1 Billy Kelly PTS 8 8 Dec 1953 Harringay, London, United Kingdom
Win 27-0-1 Sammy McCarthy PTS 10 6 Oct 1953 Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Loss 14-2-3 Juan Oscar Alvarez PTS 10 7 Sep 1953 Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Win 18-28-1 Tommy Higgins PTS 8 27 Aug 1953 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 53-29-6 Denny Dawson KO 4 9 Jul 1953 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Loss 25-6-3 Emile Chemama TKO 5 24 Mar 1953 Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 88-10-3 Luis Romero TKO 8 27 Feb 1953 Manchester, United Kingdom
Loss 14-14-2 Johnny Haywood DQ 3 30 Jan 1953 Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Win 15-2-1 Ken Lawrence TKO 5 20 Jan 1953 Kensington, London, United Kingdom
Win 24-8-1 Jackie Briers PTS 10 8 Jan 1953 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 46-16-3 Bobby Boland TKO 5 15 Dec 1952 Manchester, United Kingdom
Loss 14-0 Jean Pierre Cossemyns PTS 10 8 Dec 1952 Leeds, Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Win 34-9-1 Tommy Proffitt TKO 7 14 Nov 1952 Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 34-8-1 Tommy Proffitt PTS 8 27 Oct 1952 Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 58-18-4 Eddie Carson PTS 8 9 Oct 1952 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 10-19-4 Eddie McCormick PTS 8 22 Sep 1952 Manchester, United Kingdom
Win 20-6-2 Stan Skinless TKO 7 11 Sep 1952 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 16-22-1 Tommy Higgins PTS 8 28 Aug 1952 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 27-19-2 Jimmy Cardew PTS 8 7 Aug 1952 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win 10-2-1 Johnny Barclay KO 6 28 Jul 1952 West Hartlepool, County Durham, United Kingdom
Win 9-9-2 Ivor Davies KO 2 23 Jun 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 Apr 1952 Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Win 45-12-3 Bobby Boland KO 5 17 Apr 1952 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Draw 28-6-3 Glyn Evans PTS 8 1 Apr 1952 Hanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Win 19-25-5 Len Shaw PTS 8 24 Mar 1952 Preston, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Win 13-18-1 Tommy Higgins PTS 8 5 Mar 1952 Blackpool, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Win 41-18-11 Peter Fay PTS 8 19 Feb 1952 Hanley, Staffordshire, United Kingdom
Win 8-1-1 Ray Hillyard TKO 4 31 Jan 1952 Liverpool, Merseyside, United Kingdom
Win Young Spider Neequaye PTS 12 28 Sep 1951 Lagos, Nigeria West African Bantamweight Title
Win 0-1 Steve Jeffra PTS 12 29 Aug 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 Jan 1951 Lagos, Nigeria
Win Joe Bennett TKO 10 10 Nov 1950 Lagos, Nigeria Nigerian Bantamweight Title
Loss Bola Lawal PTS unknown 09/09/1950? Lagos, Nigeria
Win Eddie Phillips PTS unknown 08/08/1950? Lagos, Nigeria
Win Steve Jeffra PTS unknown 07/07/1950? Lagos, Nigeria
Draw Ogli Tettey PTS 12 31 May 1950 Lagos, Nigeria West African Flyweight Title
Loss 0-1 Dick Turpin DQ 5 6 Jun 1949 Lagos, Nigeria Nigerian Flyweight Title
Win Dick Turpin PTS 12 1 Jan 1949 Lagos, Nigeria Nigerian Flyweight Title