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Raphael Akpejiori: 6'8" heavyweight gets 12th KO in as many fights

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Last night at Miami Airport Convention Center, Nigerian heavyweight Raphael Akpejiori (12-0, 12 KO) brutally KO'd Steve Lyons (5-7, 2 KO) in the first round.

(Image courtesy of Sky Sports)

The 30-year-old, 6'8" warrior, who once played college basketball and the University of Miami and was recruited to try out for the Miami Dolphins of the NFL, has now knocked out all 12 of his opponents inside two rounds and is already calling out powerbrokers Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte.

"If I was going to name a dream fight for me in the next year, I would say Tyson Fury and Dillian Whyte," Akpejiori told Sky Sports.

"Those are two guys I know I can step in the ring with and beat both of them."

"It's pretty evident that when I touch people they kind of go to sleep," Akpejiori said.

"I'm not oblivious to that fact, but I'm not focused on that."

Remarkably, Akpejiori is only ranked third by BoxRec among the four active Nigerian heavyweights. Efe Ajaba (15-0, 12 KO) and Onoriode Ehwarieme (18-2, 17 KO) are rated one and two, respectively.

Akpejiori is promoted by Glen Johnson.

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