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Boxer to speak at the York
Azumah Nelson versus Jeff Fenech in Melbourne, June 2008.

Goldfields boxing fans can meet Hall of Famer Azumah Nelson during a special appearance at the York Hotel on Monday night.

Nelson will talk about his decorated career, from its humble beginnings in Accra, Ghana to his 2004 Hall of Fame induction.

He was drawn to boxing at just five years of age after his father took him to his first prize fight.

Nelson was later trained by Floyd Robertson, who at that time had already worked the corner of five world champions from Ghana.

Under Robertson's tutelage, Nelson compiled an amateur record of 50-2 before he turned professional in 1979.

He is best remembered among Australian boxing fans for three clashes with another Hall of Famer, Jeff Fenech.

The boxer's visit is part of a nationwide tour to promote his newly released biography, The Professor: The Life Story of Azumah Nelson.

Monday's appearance at the York Hotel is from 7pm.

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