2 Ghanaian boxers lose in Nigeria

Raphael Kwabena King

Raphael Kwabena King

Ghanaian lightweight contender, Richard Amefu, recorded his third professional career defeat on Sunday when he lost unanimously to unbeaten Nigerian boxer, Joseph Otto at the GOotv Night 9 boxing series.
Amefu lost in all eight rounds of the contest against Otto known in Nigerian boxing circles as ‘Joe Boy’ at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium to mark the country’s Independence celebrations which fell on Saturday, October 1.
Amefu, who was handled by Carl Lokko from the Bronx gym in Accra was deducted on three occasions for adopting unorthodox tactics.
At a point, his performance was booed by the hostile fans.
At his corner, his Seconds expressed anger as Lokko constantly shouted at him, questioning his desire to win the fight against one of the fast-rising young talented Nigerian pugilists.
‘Joe Boy’ was on no occasion troubled by the Ghanaian inspite of his first round outburst which gave his fans a false hope.
The Nigerian controlled the fight from the second round and also enjoyed some controversial decisions from the referee which included his first visit on the canvass and was counted as a knockdown.
Raphael Kwabena, a Nigerian boxer residing in Ghana also lost controversially to Olaidi Fijabi in a gruelling welterweight fray.
King’s split decision loss was booed by majority of the fans that felt he did enough to win the closely contested fight.
Known as the ‘Iron King’ he put up a better performance and silenced the enthusiastic crowd after standing toe-to-toe with Fijabi, using his hefty punches to keep him at bay.
But the unbeaten Nigerian bounced back strongly, using his reach to keep the ‘Ghanaian’ at bay.
That notwithstanding, King attacked and chased Fijabi with his punches and heavy jabs, however, that was not enough to convince the judges who awarded the Nigerian the verdict.

By Andrew Nortey

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