Ghana to celebrate Muhammad Ali

Nii Lamptey Vanderpuye

Nii Lamptey Vanderpuye

Minister of Youth and Sports, Nii Lantey Vanderpuye has announced that boxing legend Mohammed Ali will be celebrated in Ghana with a “Ramble in the Jungle”, promotion in September.

It will take the form of a boxing promotion with the Ministry taking an active part in its organisation as well as corporate bodies in a bid to meet international standards.

Speaking at the ‘Battle of the Rising Stars’ boxing event that saw Ghana’s Isaac Dogboe successfully defend his WBO Africa featherweight title against Uganda’s Edward Kakembo at the Accra Sports Stadium on Saturday, the minister said his outfit has agreed with world renowned boxing promoter, Don King to have the legend celebrated in Ghana.

“Ghana was the first African country Ali visited after winning his world title and Ghana would have the privilege to host the rest of the world in his honour”, he stated. According to him, the necessary arrangements would be made to stage a big event that would be unprecedented in the annals of Ghana boxing.

“It is a great honour for Ghana, especially the boxing fraternity to have such an event that would bring together stakeholders to stage memorable boxing nights with boxing legends in attendance,” he added.

“The event would assemble the finest boxing talents not only in Ghana but the world over as we hope to celebrate the greatest boxer of all time. It will be the best way to celebrate the man who made boxing thick.”

The Ministry, he said is ready to collaborate with any corporate organisation that shows interest in promoting sports in the country.

“It is important to reduce bureaucracy in sports to allow sponsors and also provide them with the necessary assistance to promote their image through sports”, he stated.

He also called on stakeholders in boxing to collaborate with corporate entities in order to stage attractive bouts occasionally to provide the platform for talented boxers to display their talents and also promote the sport.

On the night, Dogboe silenced the loud-mouth Ugandan opponent Kakembo with a sixth round stoppage to defend his title and improve to 14 wins without blemish.

In the undercards, Emmanuel Adotey suffered a Technical Knockout (TKO) loss to Amana Dotse in their lightweight contest while Nathaniel Nunke also defeated Richard Dogbegah in another thrilling lightweight event.

Korean journeyman Kyi-Suik Lee knocked out James Lamptey in their welterweight contest.

In a middleweight contest, Charles (Crusader) Adamu also won by TKO against Sylvester Allotey while Felix Mankattah was victorious over Charles Tetteh also via TKO.

 By Michael D. Abayateye

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