Antwun Echols, a former middleweight boxer and world title challenger, has died at the age of 51.
On Sunday, Antwun Echols, known by his nickname “Kid Dynamite” due to his formidable punching power, passed away in Davenport.
The boxing community has expressed their condolences and paid tribute to Echols following his passing.
Not only was the boxer a formidable fighter but he was also recognized as a commendable individual.
He consistently displayed a strong moral compass, never hesitating to act in accordance with what is right and never shying away from any challenge.
During an incident in Davenport, Iowa, on July 30, 2007, Echols was shot in the leg while attempting to intervene in a fight.
Antwun Echols Cause Of Death And Obituary
Antwun Echols passed away in Davenport, Iowa, on Sunday due to complications from diabetes, as confirmed by his daughter, Antwunette Echols.
Besides his daughter, no other members of his family have been revealed. During his life, Nicholas lived a private life, mostly out of the spotlight.
In 2013, when questioned about the number of children he had, Echols responded, “I think it’s around twenty-three,” acknowledging the possibility of having even more offspring.
At that time, he resided in Dade City, Florida, with his fiancée and four children.
Born on December 4, 1971, in Memphis, Tennessee, Echols later relocated to Iowa, where he received his boxing training.
He had aspirations of opening his own gym, but unfortunately, that dream will remain unrealized. However, his family may pursue fulfilling his dream in the future.
A Respectful Career
Antwun Echols had a notable career in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He turned professional in 1993 but suffered a loss in his debut fight.
However, he rebounded from that setback and went on to win 22 out of his next 24 fights, establishing himself as a formidable competitor.
Echols gained significant recognition for his memorable matches against Bernard Hopkins, in which they faced off twice for the International Boxing Federation middleweight title.
Hopkins emerged victorious in both encounters, winning by unanimous decision in 1999 and securing a technical knockout in their rematch the following year.
Additionally, in 2003, Echols suffered a loss by unanimous decision to Anthony Mundine in a fight for the vacant WBA super middleweight title.
After a career spanning over two decades, Echols retired from professional boxing in 2016, concluding with a record of 32 wins, 22 losses, and 4 draws, with 28 of his victories coming by knockout.