By Godwin Aikigbe
Nigerian heavyweight, Raphael Akpejiori is one of many new signings and reacquisitions of Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing roster.
With its 25th anniversary in the books, Jimmy Burchfield’s CES Boxing is positioning itself for another quarter century of success with a handful of new signings and re-acquisitions to its promotional roster.
The Miami-based 6-foot-9, 248-pound Akpejiori, who was formerly trained by former world champion Glen Johnson, transits from the hardwood to the boxing ring this fall when he makes his professional debut on Sept. 14th event at Rhode Island’s Twin River Casino.
Nicknamed “The Nigerian Hurricane,” Akpejiori played college basketball and football at the University of Miami, where he shot 42 percent from the field for the Hurricanes from 2010 through 2014. As a graduate student at Miami, he joined the school’s football team as a tight end despite having never played football in high school. Akpejiori debuts in a four-round clash against Texas’ Omar Acosta (0-2) on Sept. 14th.
“I signed with CES and Jimmy Burchfield because of their shared & purposeful vision for me in achieving my goal of becoming an undisputed heavyweight champion of the world,” Akpejiori said. “I am excited to make my professional debut in September, as this will be the first step in reaching this set goal.”
The heavyweight division is as hot it’s been in decades and CES Boxing is looking to stake its claim with Akpejiori joining Juiseppe Cusumano (16-2) of Sicily and Philadelphia native Paul Koon (3-0), another recent acquisition.
“This is an amazing time to be a boxing fan,” CES Boxing president Jimmy Burchfield Sr. said. “Our roster gets stronger and stronger each day and we’re confident as a team that we have some future world champions joining the family. We look forward to standing alongside them as they continue to develop and grow.”