Popular boxing and showbiz icon, Braimah ‘Bukom Banku’ Kamoko and perhaps, his best friend, Michael Ayittey Powers have come under siege with a flurry of boxers chasing them for fights to prove who the best boxers are in the heavyweight division.
The two boxers, especially Bukom Banku, have been in the news lately for the wrong reasons, the latest being his skin bleaching episode that would surely take a whole chapter in his memoir as a boxer, a musician and generally, an entertainer.
With uncertain clouds over their return into the ring, they continue to appeal to a number of heavyweight boxers who are of the opinion that Banku and Powers have robbed the heavyweight division of the excitement and action associated with it.
The latest to challenge the heavyweight crowd pullers are former Commonwealth champion, Charles ‘Crusader’ Adamu and Richard Harrison.
But the kind of response from Banku and Powers remain unknown as of now since previous challenges from Bastie Samir, Michael Gbenga, Maxwell Amponsah and a host of other heavyweight boxers have been ignored.
But if the fans reaction to the challenge from Adamu and Harrison – which was witnessed by Powers who sat at ringside at the ‘Return of the Duke promotion’ – is anything to go by, the one can understand the crave to witness such fights soon.
Harrison, the first to mount the ring threw an open challenge to Bukom Banku to accept a fight with him to prove to Ghanaians that he (Banku) is indeed a good boxer as he claims.
According to the Accra based brawler, Bukom Banku has bluffed enough with him thinking he is the best in the heavyweight and it was time to step up and prove that in the ring.
Harrison said the former national and WBO Africa cruiserweight champion is no longer the best in the division because there are better boxers out there who can beat him and have intentionally decided to ignore every challenge thrown at him.
“Bukom Banku must stop deceiving himself that he is the best. There are a lot of boxers in the weight that can stop him when he accepts a fight. I am one of them and I’m daring him to come forward to prove to Ghanaians that he is worth what he claims he is.”
For Powers, he managed a laugh at the proposed confrontation with Adamu who once ruled the middleweights with his strength and power under the famous Arthur Don Promotions.
According to his representative, Adamu desires a return to the ring but wants a big fight with Ayittey Powers to send a clear signal to other competitors in the division.
Bronx gym’s Isaac Dowuona on the evening earned a TKO win over Emmanuel Laryea in lightweight and also challenged Michael ‘Bullet’ Ansah for a showdown.
By Andrew Nortey