DC-area boxer dies in traffic accident

By Gary “Digital” Williams

Springdale, MD heavyweight Abodunrin “Big Bo” Akinyanju died today in a traffic accident on 95 South in Delaware. Akinyanju was 28 years old. Sources tell Fightnews that Akinyanju was returning home from making deliveries in a box truck when a tractor-trailer made an illegal U-turn and hit him head-on at about 3:40 this morning. Akinyanju died instantly. According to news and police reports, the box truck swerved right in an attempt to avoid the tractor trailer. The box truck then hit the right rear of the tractor trailer, then flipped over, causing the cargo section to separate from the truck and spilling the cargo of linen all over the roadway. The driver of the tractor-trailer was identified as 35-year-old Abubaker Jamal of Columbus, OH. Jamal was not injured. The crash closed I-95 South for eight hours.

Akinyanju had a record of 5-2, three KOs. He just fought on the March 10th Keystone Boxing card at the Washington Convention Center and won a four-round unanimous decision over Deandre McCole. Akinyanju turned pro in 2009 after a sterling amateur career that included national titles and being the only man to defeat current heavyweight contender Seth Mitchell.

Akinyanju leaves behind a wife and a baby boy who was just born on August 12. Our deepest condolences to family and friends.

Tributes have come very quickly in the wake of this tragedy. Fightnews has learned that there will be a number of tributes planned for the Saturday, August 25th boxing card at the Washington Convention Center. Representatives for Keystone Boxing say they will have a formal tribute in place by that time.

DC welterweight Dusty Harrison, who is headlining the card, says he will donate his entire purse to Akinyanju’s family. Also, representatives for Seth Mitchell send their condolences. Many other tributes have come via Facebook and other social media.

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