Connect with us

WRESTLING

Power Mike: 20 years after… –

Published

on

Power Mike: 20 years after…

It is 20 years today since the passing on of one of Nigeria’s greatest sports icon, Michael Okpala who was better known as Power Mike.

The former world wrestling heavyweight champion died at the National Hospital, Abuja, aged 64 on 11 March 2004.

At the time of his death, he had with him, an eternal legacy. He was a retired undefeated world heavyweight wrestling champion.

He had been a household name. Formerly engaging in superman show nationwide, Power Mike veered into wrestling and got his first breakthrough in 1970 when he defeated Gambia’s Massabula to win the African heavyweight title.

Three years later, he beat Ali Baba of Lebanon to win the world title. In his string of successful bouts, he defeated a host of notable wrestlers like Johnny Kwango, Power Jack, John Tiger, and Joseph Kovacs among others.

Advertisement

 

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

WRESTLING

Power Mike: 20 years after…

Published

on

Power Mike: 20 years after…

It is 20 years today since the passing on of one of Nigeria’s greatest sports icon, Michael Okpala who was better known as Power Mike.

The former world wrestling heavyweight champion died at the National Hospital, Abuja, aged 64 on 11 March 2004.

At the time of his death, he had with him, an eternal legacy. He was a retired undefeated world heavyweight wrestling champion.

He had been a household name. Formerly engaging in superman show nationwide, Power Mike veered into wrestling and got his first breakthrough in 1970 when he defeated Gambia’s Massabula to win the African heavyweight title.

Three years later, he beat Ali Baba of Lebanon to win the world title. In his string of successful bouts, he defeated a host of notable wrestlers like Johnny Kwango, Power Jack, John Tiger, and Joseph Kovacs among others.

Advertisement

 

Continue Reading

Most Viewed