Respected Ghanaian boxing coach dies

 The late Tagoe

The late Tagoe

Former World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight contender, Napoleon Tagoe, has passed on. He was 44.
He died yesterday morning at the Mamprobi Polyclinic in Accra, after a short illness.
The ex-WBC Continental Americas light heavyweight champion later became more popular with the construction of boxing rings, endearing himself to the boxing community in Bukom.
The hard-hitting boxer rose to contest for the world title against Juan Carlos Gomez on December 12, 1999, in Germany – but lost via a ninth round knockout.
The former national middleweight champion hanged his gloves in the early 200s after sustaining a deformity in the right eye.
Tagoe had a professional fight record of 21 wins, 14 KOs, four losses and no draws.
A fierce critic, Tagoe lambasted the decision of the International Boxing Association (AIBA) in June 2013 to ban amateur boxers from competing with headgears, insisting the move will result in young fighters retiring early or suffering serious brain injuries.
The revered boxer and owner of Will-Power Boxing Gymnasium at James Town in Accra, trained a number of boxers including Obodai Sai, Emmanuel Tagoe and Albert Mensah, among others.

BY JOHN VIGAH

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