Allotey defends WBO Africa title

Former President Mahama decorating Allotey

Former President Mahama decorating Allotey

WBO Africa super welterweight champion, Patrick Allotey, staged a second successful defence of his title on December 24 with a unanimous decision over a tough and rugged DR Congo boxer, Sheriff Kasongo at the Bukom Boxing Arena.

Headlining the second edition of the Cabic Promotions’ ‘Fight Night’ series, Allotey subjected Kasongo to 12 rounds of pummelling and battering to earn the decision.

In the end, Kasongo earned the respect of the Ghanaian fans who he promised to entertain with a great performance against the Ghanaian.

The judges scored it 120-108, 118-109 and 119-109.

Kasongo chased Allotey around the ring, forcing the champion to abandon his style and resort to effective jabs to keep the Congolese warrior at bay.

The Ghanaian did everything possible to end the fight but Kasongo kept the chase.

On different occasions in the sixth, seventh, 10th and 11th rounds, Allotey connected a flurry of punches to the head of Kasongo who appeared dazed in the latter round as the fans cheered his downfall but he endured to finish the round.

Allotey relaxed in the final round having convinced himself of an authoritative feat but remained in control of the fight until the final bell went.

It was his second defence of the title he won after beating Ghanaian challenger, Frank Dodzie and defended against Ugandan challenger, Badru Lusambya in August, 2018.

On a co-main feature, WBO Africa heavyweight champion, Richard Harrison also recorded a 10th round Technical Knockout (TKO) victory over Okolla Morris from Kenya.

It was one of Harrison’s best outings despite the few scary shots from Okolla that caught him.

Okolla sustained a cut around his right eye which subsequently became a constant target for the champion who hit until Okolla failed to respond to the bell for the 10th round.

In other undercards, Emmanuel Quartey recorded a unanimous decision victory over Samuel Akrogo in their featherweight contest over eight rounds while Solomon Martey earned a unanimous decision win over David Kotey.

In a bantamweight contest, Michael Tagoe stopped Amartey Tagoe in the first round of their bantamweight contest while Bronx gym’s Victor Kuwornu produced a sterling display to earn a fifth round technical stoppage of Charles Amarteifio in a super featherweight contest.

American boxer, Freddy Kiwit stopped Frank Dodzie in the third round of their scheduled six-round super welterweight contest.

The biggest upset on the evening was Daniel Adoku’s stunning unanimous decision victory over favourite Emmanuel Quaye in their national middleweight championship.

The judges scored it 115-116, 113-118 and 114-115 in favour of Adoku to the disappointment of Quaye’s fans.

The event attracted an encouraging crowd that had former president, John Mahama, former minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, former world champion, Azumah Nelson and other high profile personalities.

BY ANDREW NORTEY

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