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David Dejiro Defiagbon (12 June 1970 – 24 November 2018) was a Nigerian boxer. Nicknamed "The Dream", Defiagbon fought for Canada and won the heavyweight silver medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Amateur


Born in Sapele, Nigeria, Defiagbon won gold in the welterweight (– 67 kg) division at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. As a light-middleweight, he won a bronze medal in the 1991 All-Africa Games in Cairo.[1] In 1992 in Barcelona at the Summer Olympics he represented Nigeria and was eliminated in the first round of the light middleweight division (7 to 8 against Raúl Márquez).

Defiagbon went on to fight for Canada for whom he won the heavyweight silver medal (limit 201 lbs) at the 1996 Summer Olympics beating Nate Jones, losing to Félix Savón.

1990 Commonwealth Games

  • Defeated James Pender (Scotland) RSCH-3
  • Defeated Alfred Ankamah (Ghana) 5-0
  • Defeated Anthony Mwamba (Zambia) 4-1
  • Defeated Greg Johnson (Canada) 5-0

1992 Summer Olympics

1996 Summer Olympics

Professional


Defiagbon began his professional career that same year and won his first 21 fights against limited competition, and was a significantly undersized heavyweight with little power although he was 6 ft 5 in (196 cm) tall. In his first step up, he took on comebacking Oleg Maskaev, who defeated Defiagbon via split decision. In his final bout, Defiagbon fought Cuba's former world cruiserweight champion Juan Carlos Gomez, who scored a TKO stoppage win at heavyweight over Defiagbon in the third round, ending Defiagbon's career.

Professional boxing record


Death


Defiagbon died of heart complications in Las Vegas, Nevada on 24 November 2018.[2] He was 48.

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