Johnson Set To Blaze Trail Of Africa’s Legends

JohnsonGhana-based Nigerian boxer, Stanley O. Johnson has set an audacious target to blaze the trail of great African boxing talents like Richard Ihetu (Dick Tiger), Samuel Okon Peters from Nigeria, and Ghana’s Azumah Nelson.

Campaigning in Ghana under the tutelage of Coach Carl Lokko at the Bronx gym at Akoto Lante in Accra, Johnson, as he is known among his followers  in  Ghana, told  Times   Sports over the weekend that ‘the exploits of these great boxers give me the feeling that with hard work and commitment, I can also rule the world some day.’

Dick Tiger was one of the greatest fighters to come out of Africa. He became a two-time undisputed world middleweight titlist and helped keep boxing alive during the 1950s boxing industry recession.

He earned an undisputed light-heavyweight world championship and the world middleweight boxing championship in 1962.

On May 20, 1965, Tiger floored Rubin “Hurricane” Carter three times and won a unanimous 10-round decision and took on Gene Fullmer to win the world’s Middleweight title by decision in round 15.

Peters reigned briefly in the heavier weights but was halted by Vitali Klitschko, while Azumah Nelson dominated in the feather and super featherweight categories for close to a decade.

The achievement of this African boxing trio seems insurmountable, but Johnson insists that it is an ambition which he hopes to spend the next 10 years of his career to chase.

Now at age 24, the super lightweight boxer who joined the pay-per-punch ranks in 2009, has recorded wins in all his 10 appearances, with impressive displays over Daniel Ansah, Tetteh Lamptey, Richard Caesar, James Annor and Yaw Sakina.

Currently, Johnson’s eyes are fixed on a potential super lightweight clash for the national and West African title against a yet-to-be-named opponent, but that does not deter him from being optimistic ahead of the fight.

“I have stayed in Ghana all this while and trained with boxers here and, therefore, not scared of any opponent. I am ready for any boxer my team would bring. I need to fight the best to reach the top and that is my aim for now.”

Johnson is attached to Classic Vision Promotions, the same stable as George Ashie and other top-notch fighters, and counts on his management team to take him higher like his role models.

Despite the promotional support he anticipates from Classic Vision, Johnson appealed to individuals and businesses owned by his natives to support his career which is being harnessed in Ghana.

“I know the beginning looks tough, but with support from all and sundry, I can rise to the top to make both Ghana and Nigeria proud.”

By Andrew Nortey

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