From Boxing Rings to Classrooms: Ghanaian Teenager Joseph Awinongya Jr. Wins Scholarship to US University


Joseph Awinongya Jr., also known as “Jojo,” is a young Ghanaian boxer making waves in the United States of America (USA). The 15-year-old has recently been awarded a scholarship to study at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, after winning the USA Eastern Boxing qualifiers.

Jojo is currently the number one ranked juvenile boxer in the USA, having won an impressive 18 national championships. He has also received congratulatory belts and medals from the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council (WBC).

Born to Ghanaian parents, Jojo has been raised in the USA and has been boxing since the age of six. He is determined to win gold at the Olympics and various Golden Gloves titles while continuing his higher education and making an impact on society.

His coach and father, Joseph Awinongya Snr., was also a professional boxer and has been instrumental in Jojo’s success, which has seen him win titles such as the Silver Gloves National Championship in 2017 and 2018, the St. Louis National Championship, the Junior Olympic National Championship, the Wisconsin National Championship, and the USA National Championship, all on multiple occasions.

Jojo is set to graduate from Joliet Junior College with an associate’s degree in the coming months before starting his studies at the University of St. Francis. He sees his scholarship as an opportunity to further his education while continuing to pursue his passion for boxing.

Beyond his boxing ambitions, Jojo aspires to make a positive impact on society and has even set his sights on running for mayor of Joliet in the future. His dedication to both his sport and his community is a testament to his character and determination to succeed.

As a young Ghanaian making his mark in the USA, Jojo serves as an inspiration to others who may be pursuing their dreams in a foreign land. His achievements in boxing and education are a reminder that with hard work and dedication, anything is possible.


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