Banku, South African fight off

BankuThe Super Entertainment Boxing Promotions (SEBP) has postponed its forthcoming bill to February, next year.

Slated for the Boxing Hall of the Accra Sports on May 20, the much-awaited extravaganza – dubbed the Super Night – had to be deferred to afford organizers enough time for preparations.

“It’s going to be our first major promotion on home soil and we would want to give Ghanaians a showpiece that would for a very long time be etched on their memory.

“We have also taken this heart-throbbing but indispensable decision because some of the boxers on the bill including Braimah Kamoko (Bukom Banku) say they would need some time to prepare well,” SEBP president Bernard Fetrie, told the Times Sports yesterday.

He said even though he thought Banku’s reason was untenable – having been informed of the fight more than three months ago, “I had to let it go.”

The news may have come as a big surprise to avid boxing fans who are virtually ‘starving’ to see Banku return to the ring – months after the champion finished off close pal Ayitey Powers in a light heavyweight contest at the Accra Sports Stadium last May.

Banku, who is under the banner of SEBP, was scheduled to fight Brazil-based South African Thabiso Mogale on the night for the World Boxing Federation (WBF) world title eliminator.

Winner of the potentially engaging slugfest was going to contest for the WBF title in Sydney, Australia, somewhere in February next year under the Super Entertainment Promotion.

But with this present development, the projections of SEBP appear to have been scuttled for now.

In another development, Algerian born French Boxer, Samir Ziani has been named as the next opponent for Richard “Azonto” Commey for the latter’s defence of his Commonwealth title.

The most anticipated bout between Azonto and the French is expected to come on in Copenhagen on the 13th of December.

Commey will have to up his game if he wants to defend the commonwealth title he won early this year as the Algerian born French boxer is known for his trickery and heavy jabs.

Azonto who has been training anxiously ahead of the upcoming bout is expected to leave the country together with his trainer Carl Lokko on the 10th of December to intensify their preparations ahead of the bout.

Trainer for Richard Commey, Carl Lokko, says his boxer is in superb shape and he is ready for the French boxer, Samir Ziani.

By John Vigah

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