Four months after becoming the WBO champion, the 21-year-old WBO Africa and Interim WBA Pan Africa featherweight champion has been rated 12th, edging closer to a career dream of landing a world championship soon.
He staged a successful defense of the title he won after defeating George Krampah in December after stopping Michael Pappoe two months later at the Azumah Nelson Sports Complex. That feat has no doubt boosted his standing, improving from 15th to 12.
A number of Ghanaian boxers also made remarkable improvements in their rating. Among them were Richard Commey, Duke Micah, Frederick Lawson, Raphael Mensah and ‘Game Boy’, Emmanuel Tagoe.
A s a W B O A f r i c a bantamweight champion, Duke Micah moved to the 15th ranked in the weight category. The undefeated Commey is the IBF’s third rated lightweight with no number one or two to the title held by Rances Barthelemy.
He’s also ranked seventh by the WBC. Tagoe went down two places to number nine in the WBA lightweight rankings possibly due to inactivity. Lawson, who came close to a world title shot until suffering his first career loss in the eliminator against Kevin Bizier last November, maintains a place in the ratings despite falling to the 13th spot in the IBF welterweight ratings.
Undefeated Rafael Mensah is the WBA’s fifth ranked super featherweight. Completing the list of Ghanaians is former world title challenger Ekpo, who is rated seventh by the WBO and number 10 by the WBA, all at super middleweight.