Micah set for WBO defense

Duke Micah

Duke Micah

Ghana’s Duke Micah is a few days away from realising the first of his many career goals.

The young and ambitious bantamweight boxer has set an audacious target of becoming a world champion in the shortest possible time.

And the road to that high office would be kicked into motion on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium where he comes face to face with Nigeria’s Yaqub Kareem in the first defense of his WBO Africa bantamweight title.

Under Streetwise Management Promotions, the African championship would be one of the over six mouthwatering bouts lined up to entertain guests.

Dubbed the ‘Return of Duke’, the clash will be Duke’s first in local rings after ending his campaign in the UK where he endeared himself to a new set of fans.

Back at home, Micah is set to put up one of his finest display in search of what could be his biggest achievement in his career despite the honours he chalked with the Black Bombers, the national amateur boxing team that he quit not so long ago.

Yaqub is in no doubt one of the best in Nigeria in the lighter weights with 14 pro wins with four coming the way of knockdowns.

But having lost on four occasions, he still wields the character and wherewithal to trouble the young and stylish Micah who defeated Ekow Wilson in December 2015 to win the title.

With two trial fights in the UK against Mikheil Solominkini and Reynaldo Cajina who he defeated with technical knockout and knockout decisions, Micah remains in the best of shapes to deal with Yaqub.

In a welterweight championship, Kpakpo Allotey will come face to face with Abdul Aziz Quartey in a potential cracker.

Veteran boxer, Ben Ankrah, alias Congo Soldier would also mount the ring against Isaac Aryee in a welterweight fray with Felix Ajom expected to feature against an opponent yet to be named.

Rafael King and Abraham Afful will lock horns in a clash in featherweight while Isaac Dowuona is also billed to face an opponent yet to be named.

By Andrew Nortey

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