At 6’8″ and sporting a perfect record of 13-0 with 13 knockouts, heavyweight Raphael Akpejiori is an imposing figure in the ring.
But there is a lot more to this giant, who will be looking for win number-14 on Saturday night, June 11th at The Center Stage Theater in Atlanta when he appears in a bout scheduled for 10-rounds.
Akpejiori of Miami via Lagos, Nigeria is a former University of Miami Football AND Basketball player is more than just an athlete.
While preparing for the fight with Akpejiori was finishing up his studies towards an engineering degree.
“I took some time off and studying for my engineering degree,” said the 31 year-old, who is coming off a first-round stoppage over former world title-challenger Santander Silgado on November 6th in Miami.
“We have no opponent yet, but I expect a credible guy who will not be a walk in the park for me.”
“I have never thought about going to a fight looking for a knockout. I just go about doing my work, and throwing consistent punches. If the knockout comes, I am fine with that, but I just want to come out with the victory.
Akpejiori does not let his life after boxing goals interfere with his desire to become one of the sport’s big stars, and vice versa.
“Boxing takes up four or five hours per day, and the remaining time I have to use it for something productive. The reason why I am doing this is to become the Heavyweight Champion of the World, and defend it as many times as possible.”
The show is promoted by Prestige Boxing Advisory Group in association with BFC The Last Round Promotions.
Former world champion, Alfredo “Perro” Angulo (26-8, 21 KOs) takes on Fidel Monterrosa Munoz (40-29-1, 32 KOs) in an eight-round super middleweight bout.
Undefeated welterweight, Peter Dobson (15-0, 9 KOs) of Bronx, NY will fight Rodrigo Damian Coria (10-3, 2 KOs) of Cordoba, Argentina in a welterweight bout.
In a six-round bout, popular middleweight Casey” K Champ” Dixon (2-0, 1 KO) will fight for the WBA Super Middleweight Youth Title.
The six-round co-feature will pit Atlanta’s Quatavious Cash (14-3, 8 KOs) takes on Jayson Minda (14-7-1, 8 KOs) of Salem, Massachusetts.
Internet sensation Supreme Patty will make his pro boxing debut.
Also in a special attraction, super bantamweight and world renowned model and undefeated Avril Mathie of Miami via Australia will risk her record that reads 7-0-1 with three knockouts in an eight-round bout.
Also seeing action in six-round bouts will be featherweight Jose Nieves (2-0, 1 KO) of Woodbridge, New Jersey taking on Richard Bernard (1-9-1) of Waianae, Hawaii.
In a junior welterweight Patrick Harris (19-0, 9 KOs) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland takes on Gustavo David Vittori (25-11-1, 12 KOs) of Argentina.
June 11th will see the pro debut of highly regarded and two-time National Golden Gloves champion light heavyweight Abel Gonzalez will fight Daniel Augare (2-2, 2 KOs) of Browning, Montana
In four-round bouts, heavyweight Dante Williams (1-0, 1 KO) of Hawkinsville, Georgia takes on Jerrell Omar Young (0-2) of Las Vegas.
Tickets are $100, $250 and $500 and can be purchased on www.ticketmaster.com
The show will be streamed live on www.bxngtv.com