National Boxing Championship ends

Abubakari Quartey (right) poses with Wahid OmarAttoh Quarshie gym’s Samuel Yaw Addo was adjudged the best boxer at the three-day Ghana Boxing Federation’s (GBF’s) National Individual Championship that ended at the DG Hathiramani Sports Hall at the Accra Sports Stadium over the weekend.

Yaw Addo was elected the best by a the GBF technical committee after crowning his performance for the three days of competition with an excellent display against the Volta Region’s representative, Holy Dogbetor, an impressive boxer who was tipped to top the bantamweight division.

In a closely contested final, the Attoh Quarshie boxer dominated the final in the first two rounds until the third when Dogbetor put in a face-saving show but was not enough to reverse the decision of the judges.

Enoch Tetteh was announced as the Discovery of the tournament despite losing his lightweight finals bout to the more experience Wahid Abdul Omar in a unanimous decision verdict while the Reformers stable of boxers from the Ghana Prisons Service was declared the best club of the tournament.

Daniel Gosh from the Bronx gym in Accra kicked proceedings of the final day off with a 2-1 victory over Enoch Quarshie from the Attoh Quarshie gym in their light flyweight fight as Reformers’ Sulemana Tetteh recorded a second round knockout victory over Mohammed Fuseini in their light flyweight fray.

Abdul Wahid Omar cemented his place in the Black Bombers team with a unanimous decision win over Enoch Tetteh in the lightweight division as Jesse Lartey won convincingly against Akotoku gym’s Ernest Ampah.

In the welterweight division, Wisdom gym’s Abubakari Quartey earned a walkover feat against Azumah Mohammed who suffered three different cuts on fight days one and two.

Musa Rahman Lawson was at his predatory best against Emmanuel Kato who he stopped in the first round in their middleweight fray; Attoh Quarshie’s Issah Inusah lost 0-3 to Bawa Ganiu from the Upper West region with Anani Kutsoke from the Reformers stable ending his campaign in disappointment after losing 2-1 to Baba Rahman in heavyweight.

Mr. Gideon Quartey, President of the Ghana Boxing Federation (GBF) commended the boxers who participated in the championship which he hopes to be replicated in other regions as the GBF hopes to cast its net wider in search of talent.

“We have focused so much on Accra, creating an impression that boxing only exists in the capital but we want to change that trend. Our major handicap has been finance and we hope the success of this tourney will convince corporate organisations to come on board.”

According to him, the performance of Dogbetor from the Volta Region and Ganiu from the Upper West Region only goes to strengthen the GBF’s belief that with the necessary support, the various regions can churn out unimaginable talents.

 

By Andrew Nortey

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