14 champs vacate titles

Richard CommeyGhana currently boasts of only two national boxing champions out of a possible 16.

Latest ranking from the Ghana Boxing Authority (GBA) spanning January to March, 2015 indicates that 14 of the weight divisions have champions vacated.

Out of the 16 weight divisions, only bantamweight and super featherweight have champions in Prince Dzanie and Abraham Osei Bonsu respectively.

That leaves a sour taste in the mouth for boxing lovers considering the number of boxers that train a on daily basis but without fights to test them. A source close to the GBA told Times Sports lamented the situation and hoped the GBA gets more promotions to produce champions in the divisions.

He explained that the positions become vacant when boxers fight for the title but fails to defend them after a stipulated time.

“There have been occasions when boxers have been declared champions and have failed to defend the titles through no fault of theirs or their managers.”

This, he attributed to the snail-pace of promotions in the country and the ‘hell’ promoters go through before staging a single promotion.

He said some of the belts were vacated as occupants’ moves up in weight or leaves in search of greener pastures and not return on schedule.

That, perhaps, explains why some of the weight divisions without champions have a long queue of contenders, some of whom are rated by international boxing bodies.

In lightweight, for instance, former national champions like current Commonwealth champion, Richard Commey, George Ashie, Samuel Amoako and Raphael Mensah were all captured as contenders and former IBF welterweight champion, Joshua Clottey is also a contender in welterweight.

Braimah ‘Bukom Banku’ Kamo-ko and Ayittey Powers are contenders in the cruiserweight and light heavyweight respectively.

By Andrew Nortey

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