Wale Omotoso
Wale Omotoso

Wale Omotoso

RECORD

26 - 3 - 0

KOs

21

Weight 147 lbs (66.82 kg)

Age 32

Home Oxnard, California, USA 

Complete Stats

Heavy-handed Wale “Lucky Boy” Omotoso has developed into a knockout artist at 147 pounds after surviving a rough upbringing in Lagos, Nigeria. Read Bio

Last Fight

loss vs Jamal James

Jul 16, 2016 / Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama

Despite scoring a first-round knockdown, Omotoso dropped a close split decision.

Latest News

Latest
Deontay Wilder and Johann Duhaupas
Jul 6, 2016 / Lem's Corner, Deontay Wilder, Chris Arreola, Jamal James, Wale Omotoso, Sergey Lipinets

Lem’s Corner: Well-rested Wilder ready to do some damage against Arreola

Heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder enjoys inactivity about as much as he does absorbing a left hook to the jaw.

Wale Omotoso and Jessie Vargas
Jun 20, 2015 / Vasquez vs Omotoso, Wale Omotoso, Sammy Vasquez Jr.

Painful lesson provides pick-me-up for Wale Omotoso

Wale Omotoso’s American debut initially was an inauspicious one.

Sammy Vasquez Jr.
Jun 20, 2015 / Sammy Vasquez Jr., Vasquez vs Omotoso, Wale Omotoso

Fighting words of wisdom: How ex-heavyweight champ Michael Moorer helped guide Sammy Vasquez Jr.

It was a small gesture from a large man, a relationship born over a pack of bubble gum.

Fights

Fights

LOSS vs Jamal James 26-2-0

Jul 16, 2016 Legacy Arena, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Jamal James WINS against Wale Omotoso by SD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Gilberto Sanchez Leon 34-12-2

Oct 13, 2015 Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, USA

Wale Omotoso WINS against Gilberto Sanchez Leon by UD in Round 10 of 10

LOSS vs Sammy Vasquez

Jun 21, 2015 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

Sammy Vasquez WINS against Wale Omotoso by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Abraham Alvarez 18-6-1

Nov 20, 2014 Sportsmans Lodge, Studio City, California, USA

Wale Omotoso WINS against Abraham Alvarez by KO in Round 2 of 8

Win vs Eduardo Flores 19-13-3

Aug 01, 2014 Little Creek Casino Resort, Shelton, Washington, USA

Wale Omotoso WINS against Eduardo Flores by TKO in Round 8 of 8

LOSS vs Jessie Vargas 21-0-0

Mar 16, 2013 Home Depot Center, Carson, California, USA

Jessie Vargas WINS against Wale Omotoso by UD in Round 10 of 10

No Contest vs Irving Garcia 17-8-3

Dec 07, 2012 Texas Station Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Wale Omotoso Irving Garcia by NC in Round 2 of 10

Win vs Daniel Sostre 11-6-1

Sep 15, 2012 Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Wale Omotoso WINS against Daniel Sostre by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Larry Smith 10-10-0

Apr 28, 2012 Fairplex, Pomona, California, USA

Wale Omotoso WINS against Larry Smith by KO in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Nestor Rosas 11-2-0

Feb 04, 2012 Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Wale Omotoso WINS against Nestor Rosas by TKO in Round 6 of 8

Win vs Lanardo Tyner 25-4-2

Nov 19, 2011 Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas, USA

Wale Omotoso WINS against Lanardo Tyner by UD in Round 8 of 8

Win vs Calvin Odom 15-10-0

Sep 10, 2011 Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA

Wale Omotoso WINS against Calvin Odom by TKO in Round 5 of 8

Win vs Juan Alberto Godoy 25-12-1

Nov 26, 2010 Knox Netball Centre, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Juan Alberto Godoy by TKO in Round 4 of 12

Win vs Athit Praditphon 30-7-0

May 14, 2010 Knox Netball Centre, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Athit Praditphon by KO in Round 4 of 10

Win vs Kiatchai Singwancha 30-7-0

May 14, 2010 Knox Netball Centre, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Kiatchai Singwancha by KO in Round 4 of 10

Win vs Ray Musson 7-3-0

Feb 26, 2010 AMI Netball Centre, St Johns, New Zealand

Wale Omotoso WINS against Ray Musson by TKO in Round 7 of 10

Win vs Hwan-Young Park 22-4-0

Nov 27, 2009 Knox Netball Centre, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Hwan-Young Park by KO in Round 3 of 12

Win vs Emanuel Augustus 38-30-6

Aug 21, 2009 Knox Netball Centre, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Emanuel Augustus by TKO in Round 9 of 10

Win vs Darsim Nanggala 4-10-2

May 22, 2009 Knox Netball Centre, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Darsim Nanggala by KO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Jamed Jalarante 17-6-1

Mar 20, 2009 Knox Netball Centre, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Jamed Jalarante by TKO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Aswin Cabuy 11-6-1

Nov 28, 2008 Knox Basketball Stadium, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Aswin Cabuy by TKO in Round 2 of 10

Win vs Saengsakda Charoenkasem 6-6-0

Oct 17, 2008 Reggio Calabria Club, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Saengsakda Charoenkasem by TKO in Round 2 of 8

Win vs Samuel Colomban 10-2-0

Aug 22, 2008 Knox Netball Centre, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Samuel Colomban by UD in Round 10 of 10

Win vs Tia Koswara 15-7-3

Jul 11, 2008 Knox Netball Centre, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Tia Koswara by KO in Round 1 of 10

Win vs Pit Putthachuen 2-2-0

May 28, 2008 Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Pit Putthachuen by TKO in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Komsak Sithkrupon 2-2-0

May 28, 2008 Vodafone Arena, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Komsak Sithkrupon by TKO in Round 4 of 4

Win vs Glen Masicampo 12-7-1

May 02, 2008 Knox Netball Centre, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Glen Masicampo by KO in Round 3 of 10

Win vs Somchai Nakbalee 10-4-1

Apr 04, 2008 Shark Park, Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Somchai Nakbalee by UD in Round 6 of 6

Win vs Jakkirt Suwunnalirt 12-7-1

Feb 29, 2008 Knox Netball Centre, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Jakkirt Suwunnalirt by KO in Round 1 of 8

Win vs Kongthawat Sor Kitti 46-31-1

Dec 07, 2007 Knox Netball Centre, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Kongthawat Sor Kitti by TKO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Ariel Omongos 4-10-0

Oct 12, 2007 Knox Netball Centre, Ferntree Gully, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Ariel Omongos by KO in Round 1 of 6

Win vs Singyok Sor Seesunt 0-0-0

Sep 15, 2006 Darebin Sports & Leisure Centre, Reservoir, Victoria, Australia

Wale Omotoso WINS against Singyok Sor Seesunt by TKO in Round 2 of 4

Stats

Wale Omotoso

  • WINS 26
  • LOSSES 3
  • DRAWS 0
  • KOs 21

Weight 147 lbs (66.82 kg)

Height 5'10½" (1.79 m)

Reach 67½" (172 cm)

  • Born

    May 06, 1985
  • Age

    32
  • Country

    Nigeria
  • Born in

    Lagos
  • Trains in

    Oxnard, CA
  • Stance

    Orthodox
  • Rounds Boxed

    149
  • KO Percentage

    70%
  • Boxing Hero

    Dick Tiger

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Bio

Bio

Wale Omotoso may call himself “Lucky Boy,” but the heavy-handed Nigerian fighter leaves little to fate once he steps into the ring. Omotoso’s extreme punching power has enabled the 147-pound fighter to compile one of the higher knockout percentages in the sport.

From mean streets to sweet science

A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Omotoso grew up on the mean streets of one of Africa’s most dangerous cities, joining a gang with his brothers for a time.

“We were four boys and one girl, with my sister being the oldest. My dad was always working, so it was just us at home,” Omotoso said. “As the oldest boy, I went into the streets, took stuff from people and sold it for us to survive.”

A life of petty crime, though, began to catch up with Omotoso.

“I’m lucky to be alive after what I lived through in Africa,” he says. “I’ve been stabbed in my right hand, my head, my back. I’ve been shot at, but never shot. If I was still in my country, I might be dead.”

Eventually, Omotoso found refuge in the gym, where he was an instant sensation.

“With my power, I was knocking people down and out,” he says. “It got to where I was sparring with heavyweights, or they had to [rotate] like two guys at a time against me.”

Bringing the thunder Down Under

In 2000, Omotoso took up boxing at the age of 15 after getting into a fight with a rival gang. He quickly shined in the ring, becoming an all-Africa champion and losing just once in nearly 50 amateur bouts.

Omotoso caught the eye of Australian trainer Murray Thomson, who was in Lagos working with another fighter, in 2006 and soon after moved to Melbourne on a sporting visa. He made his pro debut in September 2006 with a second-round technical knockout of Singyok Sor Seesunt in Victoria, Australia.

With a record of 18-0, Omotoso relocated to California to work with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. He made his U.S. debut in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in September 2011, squaring off with Calvin Odom at 147 pounds. Omotoso was downed in the first round, but roared back to gain a fifth-round TKO.

Wale Omotoso and Jessie Vargas
Wale Omotoso and Jessie Vargas trade blows during their fight in Carson, California, on March 16, 2013.

Following in the footsteps of a Tiger

Four more wins set the stage for Omotoso to face Jessie Vargas in March 2013, pitting two undefeated fighters against each other in Carson, California.

Omotoso, a nearly 2-to-1 underdog, knocked Vargas down in the second round with a body shot, but Vargas won a 10-round unanimous decision.

The loss was a setback in Omotoso’s quest to follow in the footsteps of Dick Tiger, the great Nigerian world champion of the 1950s and ’60s. But much like his idol, Omotoso bounced back with a flourish.

After a layoff of more than a year, the Nigerian scored an eighth-round TKO of Eduardo Flores in Shelton, Washington, in August 2014. He then flattened Abraham Alvarez in the second round in Studio City, California, in November 2014.

Wale Omotoso and Sammy Vasquez Jr.
Wale Omotoso delivers a jab against Sammy Vasquez Jr. during their fight in Las Vegas on June 21, 2015. (Lucas Noonan/Premier Boxing Champions)

Taking a step back against Vasquez Jr.

Omotoso made his Premier Boxing Champions debut in a 147-pound clash with unbeaten Sammy Vasquez Jr. at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on June 21, 2015, in a bout that aired on CBS.

Vasquez controlled the early rounds, but Omotoso stepped up midway through the bout, landing some solid right hands as the fighters engaged in a toe-to-toe brawl.

Omotoso bloodied Vasquez's face as the action got especially heated in the eighth round.

Ultimately, Vasquez's attack proved too much for Omotoso, and Vasquez won a unanimous decision to give Omotoso his second career defeat.