Ashie Won’t Underestimate Opponent

Nii Kotey DzanieHEAD coach of Attoh Quarshie boxing gym, Godwin Kotey Dzanie, is not downplaying the potential of Tanzanian champion, Allan Kamote, whose Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) lightweight belt will be on the line against Ghana’s George Ashie on December 5 at the Accra Sports Stadium.

It will be the main bout on a McDon Boxing Promotion bill dubbed ‘Fist of Fury’.

“We are not taking anything for granted. Ashie is a boxer that takes every fight serious and this fight is no exception. Ashie is going for nothing short of victory,” Dzanie, often referred to as Alloway, told the Times Sports in an interview yesterday.

Possibly, it may be Ashie’s biggest return after his loss to rival Emmanuel Tagoe shattered his ego in that ill-fated Baby Jets Promotion that saw him suffer a bitter majority decision loss.

A win against the Tanzanian idol will not only shoot him up but affect his ranking and put him in a position for a bigger fight.

According to Alloway, the records does not portray Kamote to be a dangerous boxer to stand in Ashie’s way but also sends a clear signal that he is very experienced and could bring that to bear on the fight.

Kamote’s professional ring statistics pegs him at 36 fights out of which he boasts of 14 knockouts in his 25 wins and four draws.

He has lost as many as seven times with three of the losses coming via the short route.

“Despite the many losses, he has a respectable number of wins and that makes him a credible boxer but we also take consolation in the fact that he is prone to knockdowns. This means there is a way out.”

Coach Alloway said boxing has proven to be a sport that usually defies the odds and would therefore not base their preparation on statistics.

“He is a good boxer; he comes as the champion and has made a defense of the title once. This means it has been a good year for him. We know he wants to extend his defense but Ashie will be a difficult pill for him to swallow.”

“The Red Tiger (Ashie) will be at his predatory best. He will roar with anyone he meets in the ring. The title at stake will provide no room for any play. We will beat him (Kamote) to win the title.”

He disclosed that Ashie was already in training even before signing for the fight, adding that, he was prepared physically and mentally.

Despite his optimism, Coach Alloway stopped short of making any prediction, preferring to let the fight follow its course.

On the same bill, Maxwell Amponsah will face Ebenezer Tetteh in a WBF Africa light heavyweight championship with Octopus Dzanie locking horns with Michael Barnor plus other explosive fights.

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