Ashie is new WBO champ

GrgGHANA’s George Ashie gained a 6th round stoppage over Alan Kamote of Tanzania to become the new WBO Africa Interim lightweight champion on Friday at the Accra Sports Stadium.

Fighting for the second defense of his title, Kamote put up a brave effort to chalk his biggest win outside Tanzanian rings; but his effort was thwarted by a determined Ashie who gave him little breathing space throughout the action packed period .

The look on the Ghanaian’s face was that of hunger, grit and fortitude which, he displayed from the first sound of the bell, pummeling Kamote’s head and body with effective left and right shot.

The chase was intense in the first two rounds but Kamote returned with purpose in the third round, slugging it out with Ashie; and in the process landed solid rights to his chin but the Ghanaian escaped.

But it brought to the fore the weapon Kamote wields which forced Ashie’s corner to revise their tactics.

That saw Ashie resort to jabs and occasional follow-up right punches. That proved the Tanzanian’s undoing as Ashie connected with ease and sent Kamote crashing on the canvass in the fourth round.

A slight delay to the response to the bell for the fifth round suggested Kamote was about giving up but just when Ashie raised his hands an anticipation of win, Kamote stood up to stretch the fight to the sixth round.

But he could not go any further as the Red Tiger, as Ashie is affectionately referred to, opened fire on him and bowed to a flurry punches two minutes, 23 seconds into the round, failing to beat the mandatory count from referee Roger Nii Bonney Barnor to crown Ashie the new WBO lightweight king.

The evening held by McDon Promotions lived up to its ‘Fist of Fury’ billing with all the undercards ending via the short rout.

Akotoku Academy’s Octopus Dzanie stopped AttohQuarshie gym’s Michael Barnor in the second round to become the new National & West Africa Boxing Union bantamweight champion.

It looked an easy ‘payday’ for the former Black Bomber with Barnor appearing to have no clue to Dzanie’s ring craft until it all ended two minutes 25 seconds in the second round.

George Krampah earned a fourth round RTD victory over Thompson Arab Moi to become the new national featherweight champion.

Sagacious gym’s Ayi Ayittey recorded a 6th round knockout victory over gym mate Eric Kwadey in a middleweight contest while Emmanuel Quartey from Fit Square gym earned a second round win over Emmanuel Laryea in a bantamweight contest.

Fans left the stadium in utter shock when Maxwell Amponsah suffered his first professional loss in a first round demolition administered by unfancied Ebenezer Tetteh in a WBA Pan African light heavyweight championship.

Perhaps, the difficulty in believing the spectacle left the new champion, Tetteh in tears as Seconds tried to revive the dazed Amponsah who got hit by a devastating right to his defenceless head.

Patrons including former world champions, Azumah Nelson, Ike Quartey, Joshua Clottey and Alfred Kotey stood in awe just like other fans, not believing the man touted as one of the promising talents to dethrone Braimah Kamoko could be stopped in such manner.

But it was a costly mistake which the Sonia gym boxer exploited to stardom.

A double left jab forced Amponsah on the rope and with his right hand entangled in the ropes, he failed to defend with the left. Sensing the advantage, Tetteh rushed to deliver a straight right and followed up with another, leaving him dazed momentarily, presenting referee Fred Ghartey with no option but to rush to the defense of Amponsah from further punishment.

By Andrew Nortey

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