The Akkawy brothers, Johan, Peter and Mick took up amateur boxing at the St George PCYC in the early 1980?s and between them won a number titles and represented the state of New South Wales on many occasions through the mid to late 1980?s. Mick Akkaway represented Australia at boxing events around the world including the Amateur World Champion Cup in Moscow in 1990.
In later years towards the end of his amateur career and at the start of his professional boxing career Mick was trained by Johnny Lewis joining the Jeff Fenech and Jeff Harding stable at the time. Johnny Lewis has referred to Mick as being the hardest puncher he has ever seen. In his book ‘Johnny Lewis – The Biography – The Story of Australia’s King of Boxing’ (2010), Paul Kent writes:
“Johnny saw another potential world champion in Michael Akkawy. Still the hardest puncher he has ever seen. A welterweight, Akkawy’s punches lifted his opponents feet off the canvas. Most cruiserweights would have swapped with him right there… He thought that until a car accident ended his career, after just one professional fight”.
Though the accident took him from the ring, Mick channeled his drive and energy into starting the Akkawy Boxing Club which has trained some of Australia’s top professional fighters such as Sakio Bika, Nader Hamdan, Zac Awad, Junior Talipeau, Sonny Bill Williams, Sam Ah See, Bilal Akkawy, and Mario Karacsony.
PRIZE FIGHTER™ was established in Sydney, Australia in 1999 by former boxer Mick Akkaway after a serious car accident cut short his boxing career. The company was founded on the belief that when you fall you have to get up and start fighting again and if you’re alive you can change adversity by starting to DREAM, BELIEVE AND ACHIEVE. The company is comprised of people who have spent their entire lives immersed in combat sports and are here to pass on their experience, knowledge and dedication to their fighters.
PRIZE FIGHTER™ is a firm that specializes in the promotion and sponsorship of sports professionals in the field of boxing and mixed martial arts. With a valued reputation and commitment to our fighters’ careers, PRIZE FIGHTER™ has the privilege of representing several of the most respected and celebrated names in fighting in Australia. We consider all of our fighters as family members and proactively build our fighters’ careers by working together to remove the challenges to move to the next level of growth.
We will focus on elevating fighters’ careers on a global scale both on and off the ring. PRIZE FIGHTER™ will assist in marketing and endorsement deals, sponsorship, community outreach, philanthropic causes, media relations, branding and generating opportunities for our fighters.
Our extensive scope of experience accommodates us with a keen awareness of the industry’s pulse, which helps us position our fighters to prosper from our service which is unparalleled in the industry. We will be responsible for building and developing a collective synergy with our fighters toward the best and highest achievement possible.
PRIZE FIGHTER™ is active in charity out-reach causes and also brands a clothing and life-style sports wear range of apparel.
WHAT OUR FIGHTERS HAVE SAID
PRIZE FIGHTER™ helped build my profile from amateur to professional status and has opened many doors including:
Appearances at Westfields Parramatta, Castle Hill, Blacktown in 2010
Appearances with Parramatta Eels NRL football team during 2010
Sponsoring me during my fundraising events leading up to my IBF world title bout in Las Vegas 2010.
Lenny Zappavigna – A highly decorated amateur boxer, Leonardo is a leading international contender in the lightweight division (61.4kg/135lbs), a former Australian lightweight champion, the current IBO (International Boxing Organisation) world lightweight champion, and is also currently rated No. 1 by the IBF (International Boxing Federation).
Contact PRIZE FIGHTER™
PO Box 69 OATLEY, NSW 2223
Telephone: 0467 274 088