SUPERSTAR Azumah Nelson will be harness racing’s special guest at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.
In Australia to promote his biography and raise awareness of his home country’s fight against poverty, the champion boxer and humanitarian has been lured into harness racing via his close friendship with Tony Peacock.
Accepting an invitation to be a guest of Harness Racing Victoria, Nelson, who is affectionately-known as The Professor, stated he is ‘excited’ to return the world class venue.
The Ghanaian-born triple world champion admitted he caught the ‘harness bug’ while visiting Peacock’s Kilmore property and Tabcorp Park in 2010.
With poverty the standard, not the exception in Ghana, Nelson is doing his best to eradicate the problem while also overseeing the Azumah Nelson Foundation.
The Academy’s objective is to provide facilities and opportunities for handicapped and disadvantaged youth to reach their full potential.
On offer are a range of educational and sporting ventures, including Australian Rules Football, which Nelson took a liking to during his previous visit.
Along with their interest in standardbreds, Peacock and Nelson also share a love for pugilism, with the latter’s achievements well-known.
The world’s best pound-for-pound boxer during the early 1990s, Nelson won three world titles as a featherweight, super featherweight and lightweight as well as the Ghanaian, Commonwealth and African crowns.
Nelson’s new book – The Professor, Life story of Azumah Nelson – is a must read for all boxing, and general sports, fans.
In a bid to meet and greet harness racing participants during his visit, Nelson will present each winning trainer with a signed copy of his book throughout the program.
Nelson’s visit may also double as an omen for local trainer Lance Justice, who is hoping his retiring champion Smoken Up can end his career on a winning note.
The last time Nelson enjoyed the racing at Melton Justice scored a double, including the night’s free-for-all!
For more information on Nelson’s biography visit: www.azumahnelsonbiography.com