Only a couple of weeks after the passing of our former Bantam Champ, Paul Ferreri of Australia I am so sorry to have to report on the death last Sunday 30th July of his contemporary, Hogan Jimoh at the age of 62.
Only a couple of weeks after the passing of our former Bantam Champ, Paul Ferreri of Australia I am so sorry to have to report on the death last Sunday 30th July of his contemporary, Hogan Jimoh.
Hogan won our Commonwealth Lightweight Championship from Lennox Blackmore of Guyana in 5 rounds, holding it for 2 years during which he defended against tough Brit, Johnny Claydon, before losing it in 7 rounds to the redoubtable Langton Tinago, Zimbabwe’s first Commonwealth Champion, in 1980.
A challenge to the new Champion 3 months later, also in Lagos, was unsuccessful, this time losing in 8 rounds. However, his next and final contest in 1982 was successful, winning in 2 rounds against Pesu Roger.
Hogan’s professional career commenced in 1974 and between then and 1982 he amassed a very respectable record of 30 contests, winning 24 and losing only 6, including the 2 losses to Tinago.
His first challenge for the Commonwealth Title against fellow Nigerian, Jonathan Dele in 1977 was unsuccessful but before that he had won both the Nigerian and West African Lightweight Titles.
For the same reason I have a fond memory of Paul Ferreri who, like Hogan, I never actually met in person, I remember him well and with affection as he was our Champion at the time I took over from the former Commonwealth Hon. Sec., Ray Clarke OBE. From his record it would seem he ‘learned on the job’, but when one considers that of his 6 losses, 3 came from Commonwealth Champions Tinago and Jimoh, and one came from European Champion, Robert Gambini in France, it is clear that Hogan was a very capable and international class boxer as evidenced by handing Lennox Blackmore only his second professional defeat.
I am grateful to my friends, Mr Remi Aboderin, Secretary-General of our member federation, the Nigerian Boxing Board of Control, and to CBC Director, Eric Armit, for advising me of this sorrowful news and giving me the opportunity of paying this modest tribute.
On behalf of all the Directors of the CBC I send our most sincere condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
May he rest in peace.
COMMONWEALTH BOXING COUNCIL